Writs filed at Supreme Court demanding Prime Minister Oli retake oath of office and secrecyIn his oath on Friday, Oli had skipped some words and as such the oath is null, petitioners argue. They have also demanded that court quash the appointments of ministers who are not lawmakers.
As many as four writ petitions were registered at the Supreme Court on Monday demanding that the oath taken by the Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Friday be annulled because the prime minister refused to repeat all the words President Bidya Devi Bhandari had spoken from the written document.
All four writ petitioners have demanded that the prime minister take another oath of office and secrecy as the one taken on Friday was illegal.
Prime Minister Oli had omitted the word “vow” when the President recited the copy of the oath of office and secrecy besides “in the name of God”.
Senior advocate Chandra Kanta Gyawali and advocates Lokendra Oli and Keshar Jung KC have registered a joint writ while advocates Raj Kumar Suwal, Santosh Bhandari and Nawaraj Adhkary have registered separate writs on the same issue.
The petitioners have said that the prime minister disgraced the office of the President by saying “it is not necessary” even when the President repeated the word twice.
They have demanded that all the actions of the prime minister be declared null and void until he takes the oath again.
Chair of CPN-UML Oli was appointed prime minister on Thursday night as leader of the largest party in the House of Representatives, as per Article 76 (3) of the constitution.
Earlier the President had called on parties in the lower house to form a coalition government as no party has a majority in the 275-member house. But no party staked a claim to form a coalition government.
The petitioners have also demanded the apex court to quash the appointments of seven ministers—Top Bahadur Rayamajhi, Lekhraj Bhatta, Mani Thapa, Ram Bahadur Thapa, Dawa Lama, Gauri Shankar Chaudhary and Prabhu Sah—as they are not the members of the House of Representatives.
All the seven ministers were reappointed on Friday after prime minister Oli was appointed for the third time as per article 76(3) of the constitution.
Four of them—Rayamajhi, Bhatta, Chaudhary and Sah—were reappointed as ministers on April 9 after their party Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) had decided to remove them from the party and Speaker Agni Sapkota informed Parliament on April 8 thus they lost their position as lawmakers.
Member of the National Assembly Home Minister Thapa was reappointed on April 18, hours after the upper house was informed about his suspension as Maoist Centre’s party member for joining CPN-UML.
According to a Supreme Court official, the hearing on the writs has been scheduled for Tuesday.