KATHMANDU, June 6:
Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JBR has reconstituted the five-member Constitutional Bench to hear the writ petitions filed at the Supreme Court (SC) seeking the restoration of the House of Representatives (HoR).
CJ Rana made the recent reshuffle on Sunday on the basis of the seniority of SC Justices. With the recent reshuffle, Justices Dipak Kumar Karki, Mira Khadka, Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada and Anand Mohan Shrestha have been picked in the Bench headed by Rana himself.
As Justice Bishwambhar Prasad Shrestha has some health issues,another Justice Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada has been placed on the bench.
Though the hearing over the writ petitions filed against the dissolution of HoR started on May 28, it could not proceed ahead impacted by the issue following the row over formation of the bench. The petitioners demanded that Justices duo KC and Shrestha not be included in the Bench.
Saying Justice Shrestha had made a verdict over the name of Nepal Communist Party (NCP) and Justice KC had quashed a petition to review the apex court’s verdict to invalidate NCP, law practitioners, who have been pleading for writ petitioner