Supreme Court bars Bamdev Gautam from becoming minister

Bamdev Gautam
File image: Bamdev Gautam

Kathmandu, September 23

Supreme Court has barred newly appointed National Assembly member and the vice-chairman of ruling Nepal Communist Party from becoming a minister.

A single bench of Justice Aananda Mohan Bhattarai issued an interim order on Wednesday in response to a writ petition filed by senior advocate Dinesh Tripathi.

Earlier, claiming that the constitution has barred people losing the House of Representatives elections from becoming a minister as long as the House term lasts, Tripathi had filed the petition.

He has also demanded that the government revoke its decision of appointing Gautam as the Upper House member claiming  Gautam’s appointment as a lawmaker has breached the constitution, and it is likely to cause serious damage to the constitutional system. 

The bench, however, has not issued any order regarding this demand.

Nonetheless, the court says a serious explanation is needed about the constitutional provision of appointing a National Assembly member. It has summoned both sides for a discussion over the issue on Wednesday next week (September 30).

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