Supreme Court hearing writs filed against Cabinet reshuffle

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Kathmandu: The Supreme Court (SC) is hearing writs filed against Cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli. A joint bench of Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JBR and Justice Prakash Kumar Dhungana is hearing the case on Tuesday.

Earlier on June 8, during a preliminary hearing on six writs, a single bench of Justice Ishwor Khatiwada had issued a show-cause notice to the defendants and summoned both plaintiffs and defendants for the next hearing scheduled for today.

The joint bench will now decide on whether to issue an interim order or not after discussions with plaintiffs and defendants.

A total of six writs have been filed against the Cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Oli. Senior Advocate Dinesh Tripathi and advocate Kanchan Krishna Neupane among others had filed the petitions.

The writs have demanded that the new appointments and reshuffle made by the President in the Council of Ministers on the recommendation by Prime Minister should be revoked arguing the move to be unconstitutional. Senior Advocate Tripathi, in the writ, has further sought an interim order from the court to stop newly-appointed Deputy Prime Ministers and ministers to carry out duties until a final verdict.

The Prime Minister had expanded Cabinet again on June 10 while the case was sub-judice at the apex court.