The Supreme Court is expected to postpone hearings on writ petitions filed against Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s decision to dissolve the House of Representatives for about a week.
The hearing was started last week by the five-member constitutional bench. However, it has not entered the primary issue, with numerous lawyers requesting that justices Tej Bahadur KC and Bam Kumar Shrestha resign from the bench, stating that they should not hear this case owing to a conflict of interest.
Attorney General Ramesh Badal of the government had objected to the request, even threatening them with action by the Nepal Bar Council, but the petitioners had not budge.
Meanwhile, Supreme Court Bar Council President Purna Man Shakya, who is also opposed to the House dissolution and the presence of KC and Shrestha on the bench, met with Chief Justice Cholendra Shamsher Rana this morning and requested that the bench be reshuffled.
During the discussion, Rana agreed to change the regulations on the constitutional bench to ensure that justices be appointed based on seniority unless there is a conflict of interest or a health concern, Shakya reports.
Because amending the regulations takes time, he believes the court will only restart hearings next week.