Writ filed at Supreme Court demanding scrapping of recent cabinet reshuffleThe writ, filed by three lawyers, claims that since the Oli government has been reduced to a caretaker, it does not have the legal authority to appoint ministers.
Three lawyers filed a writ petition at the Supreme Court on Monday demanding that the reshuffle of KP Sharma Oli Cabinet be scrapped because Oli has been reduced to a caretaker prime minister after he dissolved the House of Representatives on December 20.
Advocates Lokendra Oli, Keshar Jung KC and Dinesh Lamichhane have jointly registered the writ petition as the article 77(1) of the constitution states that a person who is not a member of Parliament cannot be a prime minister and a minister.
“Our writ petition was just registered. Discussions on it will be held on Wednesday,” said advocate Oli. “We have demanded that the caretaker government cannot reshuffle the Cabinet and therefore the move should be scrapped.”
In the writ, the petitioners have also demanded that the Supreme Court issue an interim order not to implement the decision of December 25 of Cabinet reshuffle. The Office of the President and the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers have been made defendants.
Prime Minister Oli’s decision to reshuffle his Cabinet on Friday has drawn criticism from constitutional experts and leaders across the political spectrum claiming that the caretaker government cannot take crucial decisions.
After the prime minister’s recommendation of House dissolution was endorsed by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari on December 20 seven ministers of the Oli government belonging to the faction of chair of Nepal Communist Party Pushpa Kamal Dahal and then senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal, who has since been nominated party chair, had resigned en masse.