The decision of the government to abolish the House of Representatives has been reversed by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court’s Constitutional Court recently annulled the decision taken on 19 January by the government, ruling it unconstitutional.
Chief Justice Cholendra Shamsher Jabra’s Constitutional Bench has unanimously agreed to overturn the decision of the government to dissolve the House of Representatives. Vishwambhar Prasad Shrestha, Sapna Pradhan Malla, Anil Kumar Sinha and Tej Bahadur KC are the Constitutional Court judges.
The House of Representatives dissolved by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli was ‘resurrected’ with this decision of the Supreme Court.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Justice Jabra said that, pursuant to Article 76, Clause 7 of the Constitution, the prime minister who obtained the majority had no right to dissolve the House of Representatives.
A meeting of the House of Representatives has been ordered to be convened within 13 days of the verdict.
On the recommendation of the Council of Ministers, President Bidyadevi Bhandari dissolved the House of Representatives and fixed the elections for April 29 and 30.There were 13 writ petitions in the Supreme Court against the dissolution of Parliament. In protest, the CPN-Dahal-Nepal group, Congress, Jaspa and other parties took to the streets and civil society also protested against the unconstitutional move.