Tuesday Dec 5, 2023
Tuesday Dec 5, 2023

Hearing on writs filed against House dissolution to continue today

2021 Jun 29, 11:22, Kathmandu
This undated image shows the lawmakers attending the meering of the House f Representatives at Federal Parliament building in New Baneshwor, Kathmandu. Photo courtsy: Federal Paliament

The hearing on the writs filed against the government's decision to dissolve the House of Representatives (HoR) will continue today at the Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court.

Lawyers representing the writ petitioners had completed their arguments on Sunday and the defendant (government) side lawyers had begun pleading in favour of the dissolution from Monday. In his arguments on Monday, Attorney General Ramesh Badal had claimed that the HoR dissolution was in line with the Constitution and the move was a compulsion for the prime minister. He added that the dissolution was for a fresh public mandate and the prime minister had the right to do so.

The writs are being heard by a constitutional bench headed by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JB Rana and comprising Justices Deepak Kumar Karki, Ishwor Prasad Khatiwada, Meera Khadka, and Anand Mohan Bhattarai.

Today, Deputy Attorney General Padam Prasad Pandey will place in arguments for two hours. He will be explaining the right accorded by the constitution to the president to either dissolve or refuse to dissolve the House. Pandey will also be arguing on whether a whip is enforceable or not when a government is being formed as per Article 76 of the constitution and explain about the practices involved in other countries when lawmakers cross the floor.

Meanwhile, other advocates from the government side will also be placing their arguments today at the Supreme Court.


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