House dissolution debate: Govt attorneys’ turn from Monday

File: Agni Prasad Kharel

Kathmandu, January 31

The Supreme Court’s constitutional bench on Sunday has concluded hearing advocates arguing against the government’s decision to dissolve the House of Representatives.

Now, government attorneys and private lawyers appointed by the defendants will advocate in the case. Attorney General Agni Kharel will lead the team.

One of the defendants, Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota, however, will not be represented by the government attorneys as he has stood against the government decision.

The court is hearing 13 writ petitions filed against the decision. Although the hearing about the constitutionality of the decision made on December 20, 2020, had begun on December 25, the bench spent weeks to decide whether the five-member constitutional bench would hear it or a new extended full bench is formed. The actual debate on the legitimacy of the case had begun on January 17 only.

Therefore, it is unlikely that the court verdict will come before March.

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