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House dissolution debate: Verdict likely next week

File: Cholendra Shamsher Rana

Kathmandu, July 2

The Supreme Court is likely to hand down its final verdict on the debate related to the dissolution of the House of Representatives by the end of the next week.

On Friday, the constitutional bench led by Chief Justice Cholendra Shamsher Rana completed hearing the pleading of the lawyers defending Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s move. The petitioners who have demanded the court reinstate the House have already recorded their statements before Sunday this week.

Now, next week, the bench will first hear from the advocates representing Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota, who will say the move was wrong and the House should be reinstated. Then, four amici curiae appointed by the Nepal Bar Association’s central and Supreme Court committees will present their advice. The petitioners will also get three hours to respond to the government’s pleading.

All these tasks are expected to be over in two days and the bench will prepare its verdict.

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