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House dissolution debate: Govt side begins its arguments

File: Attorney General Ramesh Badal

Kathmandu, June 28

As the Supreme Court is continuing the hearing over Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s decision of dissolving the House of Representatives, the government has begun presenting its arguments on Monday.

Lawyers representing the petitioners including Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba had completed their arguments on Sunday after four days of the hearing. Because the petitioners’ side took four days to complete their pleading in the allotted 12 hours, the government side, with an allotment of 15 hours is likely to take the rest of this week.

Attorney General Ramesh Badal is pleading for the first three hours.

The defendants’ argument will be followed by the petitioners’ counterarguments at the end. Likewise, the court has also sought four senior advocates’ help as amici curiae, who will present their suggestions after the petitioners’ counterargumentation. The final verdict in the debate is expected in the next two weeks.

The bench comprising Chief Justice Cholendra Shamsher Rana and justices Deepak Kumar Karki, Mira Khadka, Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada and Ananda Mohan Bhattarai is hearing the debate.

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