The Supreme Court (SC) ended a hearing on writs filed against the House of Representatives’ dissolution on Monday.
Senior attorneys Raghav Lal Baidya and Usha Malla of the Nepal Bar Association and senior advocate duo Komal Prasad Ghimire and Prakash Bahadur KC of the Supreme Bar Association presented Amicus Curiae arguments. Advocates took part in a reply argument on behalf of writ petitioners earlier today.
On July 12, the bench will render a decision.
The last hearing had been scheduled for 32 hours by the Supreme Court. To systematize procedures, the duration of the discussion was set for the lawyers representing plaintiffs and defendants, as well as amicus curiae. The court had set aside 15 hours for plaintiffs and defendants, as well as two hours for amicus curiae.
From June 23, a five-member Constitutional Bench led by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JBR and consisting of Justices Deepak Kumar Karki, Mira Khadka, Ishwor Prasad Khatiwada, and Ananda Mohan Bhattarai heard the case continuously.
The bench had previously requested a formal clarification from the defendants, including the President’s Office, Prime Minister’s Office, and Council of Ministers, and had called amicus curiae to advise the court on June 9. The court has received written responses from all defendants, including Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.
After President Bhandari dissolved the House of Representatives at midnight on May 21 and announced two-phased mid-term elections, legal practitioners and the opposition alliance petitioned the court.
With the signatures of 146 parliamentarians, the opposition alliance petitioned the court for a mandamus order to restore the House of Representatives and appoint Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba as Prime Minister. Writs have also been filed, requesting that KP Oli be appointed Prime Minister in accordance with Article 76(5) of the Constitution.