Hearing on House dissolution completed; verdict expected on July 12Oli had dissolved the Parliament on May 21, for a second time in less than six months, after the President rejected his and Deuba’s claim to form a new government.
After completing the hearing on the dissolution of the House of Representatives, the Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court said on Monday that it would now sit next on July 12.
“The bench will sit again on July 12,” said Kishwor Paudel, a communication expert at the Supreme Court. “The bench has not said when it will pass its verdict.”
It, however, is largely expected that the five-member bench will pass a verdict on July 12.
On Sunday, the four-member amicus curiae also presented their briefs, completing the hearing process.
As many as 30 petitions, including one by the opposition alliance led by the Nepali Congress, were filed at the Supreme Court against Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s May 21 move of dissolving the House.
The House dissolution decision followed President Bidya Devi Bhandari’s refusal to recognise the claims by Oli and Sher Bahadur Deuba, the Nepali Congress president, to the post of prime minister.
From the opposition alliance, as many as 146 lawmakers of the dissolved House in their petition have demanded that the House be restored and Deuba be appointed prime minister because he had presented the signatures of 149 lawmakers before the President, laying claim to the prime ministerial post as per Article 76 (5).
But Oli also made a similar claim, saying he had the support of 153 lawmakers.After the President rejected both the claims, saying they were insufficient, Oli on May 21 recommended the House dissolution. President Bhandari the same night, at around 1:38am, endorsed the recommendation.