Kathmandu : The writ petition related to the dissolution of the House of Representatives will be heard in the Constitutional Court from today.
The writ petition filed by 146 lawmakers, including the demand to make Nepali Congress president Sher Bahadur Deuba the prime minister, will be heard first.
President Bidyadevi Bhandari had dissolved the House of Representatives at midnight on May 22 on the recommendation of the Council of Ministers.
Before the President dissolved the House of Representatives, 149 lawmakers had submitted their signatures at Shital Niwas, saying that Deuba had the support of the Prime Minister. CPN-UML Chairperson KP Sharma Oli also handed over a letter of support from the UML Parliamentary Party and the Janata Samajwadi Party to the Prime Minister at Shital Niwas.
Even after 149 lawmakers submitted their signatures, 30 writ petitions were filed in the Supreme Court on the issue of not appointing Deuba as the Prime Minister. The Supreme Court has decided to hear all the writ petitions in the Constitutional Court.
The apex court has already announced that Deuba’s writ will be heard first and only after that 29 other writs will be heard.
During the first day of the hearing, Deuba’s side informed the Supreme Court administration that two advocates and three senior advocates would argue on his behalf.
According to top sources, advocates Khamb Bahadur Khati and Govind Sharma Bandi and senior advocates Badri Bahadur Karki, Shambhu Thapa and Mahadev Yadav will hold a four-hour debate on Wednesday. In the information submitted to the apex administration, the speaking time of five lawyers has also been allotted.
Advocate Khati, who is also the former general secretary of the Nepal Bar Association, will have a 20-minute debate. After that, Advocate Bandi and Senior Advocate Yadav will have a 40-40 minute debate. Similarly, senior advocate Karki has been allotted one hour and Thapa one and a half hours.
On the second day of the hearing on Thursday, senior advocates Harihar Dahal and Raman Shrestha will speak for one hour each.
The apex court had initially allotted 12 hours to the writ petitioner and 15 hours to respond to the writ petition. A member of a team of 146 lawmakers, including Deuba, said it was not yet decided how many would debate.
‘Only four people were supposed to argue and take an hour each, but some friends also had to be allowed to argue, so the time was divided,’ the member said, ‘among the senior advocates who could argue and hold on to the subject was given more time. It has been decided who will speak for the first 6 hours, the rest of the time will be adjusted.
According to him, a maximum of 1 hour and a minimum of 10 minutes has been allotted for the debate.
So far, 250 lawyers from Deuba’s side have submitted their arguments. Most of them will not be able to argue. The lawyer said that the names of those who will come to sign the debate note will be there by June 24.
All the lawyers of Deuba side will submit the same debate note. He informed that the preparation of the debate note is almost over.
On the other hand, the Attorney General’s Office will submit the same debate note on behalf of the Prime Minister and the President’s Office, while 11 public prosecutors are preparing to debate.
For the hearing of the case against the dissolution of the House of Representatives, Chief Justice Cholendra Shamsher JBR and other senior judges Ishwar Khatiwada, Dr. Anand Mohan Bhattarai, Meera Khadka and Deepak Karki has been formed a constitutional bench .