Nepal: Appeal challenging the dissolution of Parliament sent to Constitutional Bench: Amore

Kathmandu, May 27

The Supreme Court in Nepal today referred all 19 appeals challenging the dissolution of the House of Representatives by the President to a Constitutional Bench. President Vidya Devi Bhandari on Friday filed 30 appeals in the Supreme Court challenging the dissolution of the House of Representatives and dismissal of Leader of the Opposition Bahadur Deuba’s claim for the post of prime minister, one of which was filed by the opposition. . According to the Kathmandu Post, after a preliminary hearing on 19 appeals, Judge Cholendra Shamsher Rana decided to refer all the appeals to the Constitutional Bench. Along with these cases, 11 other matters will also be heard, including an appeal filed by 146 MPs seeking appointment of Nepali Congress candidate Deuba as prime minister in the evening. According to media reports, a one-member bench of Chief Justice Rana has decided to send all the petitions related to the dissolution of the House to the Constitutional Bench. Some of the petitioners have sought interim relief against the dissolution of the House and called a sitting of the House to present the National Budget. The Chief Justice has denied this. Due to the dissolution of Parliament, the government plans to present the budget through an ordinance. According to court officials, the Constitutional Bench will start hearing from tomorrow. As per the Constitution, the bench will have five members headed by the Chief Justice. The members of the bench have been selected by Chief Justice Rana. The President dissolved the 275-member House of Representatives for the second time in five months. -PTI

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