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Supreme Court registers writ petition that demands Constitutional Council Ordinance annulled

File image: Supreme Court of Nepal

Kathmandu, December 30

The Supreme Court has decided to register a writ petition that has demanded that annulment of the controversial ordinance that amended the Constitutional Council Bill.

Advocate Bir Bhadra Joshi had tried to register the petition, but the court’s Chief Registrar Nripa Dhwoj Niroula had decided not to register it. Following that, Joshi had filed another petition demanding its registration.

A single bench of Justice Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada consequently ordered the court administration on Wednesday to register it, informs the court’s Information Officer Devendra Dhakal.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had issued an ordinance to convene the council meeting even in absence of the House of Representatives Speaker and the main opposition leader on December 15. Besides Oli, Chief Justice Cholendra Shamsher Rana and National Assembly Chairman Ganesh Timilsina had attended a meeting of the council held on the same day.

After strong protests inside the ruling Nepal Communist Party, Oli had said he would withdraw the ordinance. Oli had told the standing committee meeting the next day that the council had not taken any decision.

However, the ordinance was not withdrawn. When Oli decided to dissolve the House of Representatives on December 20, it was also revealed that the December 15 meeting nominated various officials to fill constitutional vacancies.

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