Cabinet reshuffle: Supreme Court tells govt to explain reasons

File: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli addresses the House of Representatives, asking lawmakers to give him a vote of confidence, in Kathmandu, on Monday, May 10, 2021. Photo: Bikas Shrestha

Kathmandu, June 8

The Supreme Court has told the government to explain why Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli reshuffled the cabinet, also appointing new members even after the announcement of general election dates.

Responding to six writ petitions filed against the move, a single bench of Justice Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada issued the order today.

The bench, however, did not issue an interim order as demanded by the petitioners to not let the new ministers perform their duties until the final verdict.

The bench has called both sides for a hearing on June 22 to decide if the interim order is necessary.

The hearing today was done via video-conferencing the court has recently begun using the technique in the wake of the spreading coronavirus infection.

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