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House dissolution debate: Hearing over, verdict likely next week

File image: Supreme Court of Nepal

Kathmandu, february 19

The Supreme Court has concluded the hearing of the writ petitions filed against Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s decision to dissolve the House of Representatives.

Concluding the hearing today, Chief Justice Cholendra Shamsher Rana urged all the lawyers participating in the hearing to submit their pleading notes by coming Monday.

He said the constitutional bench led by him would prepare a verdict after that.

The court was 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.

After the petitioners presented their arguments, the government attorneys and advocates hired by the defendants defended the decision since February 1. Then, five amicus curiae sent by the Nepal Bar Association also expressed their views until today.

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