The Supreme Court of Nepal is hearing a writ petition challenging Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s oath of office and secrecy, which he took on Tuesday.
Constitutional experts Chandra Kanta Gyawali, Lokendra Oli, and Keshar Jung KC have filed writs claiming that Prime Minister Oli failed to obey all the terminologies and clauses recited by President Bidya Bhandari during the swearing-in ceremony in letter and spirit, and that he should not be allowed to conduct his day-to-day affairs until he is sworn-in again.
The writ petition filed requesting the revocation of Prime Minister Oli’s oath-taking ceremony is being heard by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JB Rana himself.
During the swearing-in ceremony at Shital Niwas on May 11, Oli denied using the word “vow” (pratigya garchhu).
According to the petitions, Prime Minister Oli should be barred from performing his duties until the case is resolved by the Supreme Court.
The petitioners in the writs have requested that ministers who are not members of the federal parliament be removed from their positions, claiming that the appointment process is unconstitutional.
On May 14, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli reappointed seven ministers who are not members of the federal legislature. On the same day, President Bhandari administered an oath of office and secrecy to them.
Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa, Minister for Energy, Water Resources, and Irrigation Top Bahadur Rayamajhi, Minister for Industry, Commerce, and Supplies Lekh Raj Bhatta, Urban Development Minister Prabhu Sah, Minister for Water Supply Mani Thapa, Minister for Labor, Jobs, and Social Security Gauri Shankar Chaudhary, and Minister for Youths and Sports Gauri Shankar Chaudhary are among the ministers listed in the petition.