KATHMANDU, FEBRUARY 5
The Supreme Court has issued a show-cause notice to the government in connection with the recent appointments of officials to different constitutional bodies.
A single bench of Justice Kumar Regmi issued the notice during a preliminary hearing on the case today.
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli-led government, on Wednesday morning, conducted an oath taking ceremony for officials of different constitutional bodies at the President's official residence in Shital Niwas. Senior Advocate Dinesh Tripathi, in response to which, had filed a public interest litigation at Supreme Court demanding that recommendations made by the Constitutional Council for appointment to constitutional bodies be quashed as they were made with mala fide intention.
Tripathi argued that since the Constitutional Council's recommendations were sent to the Parliament Secretariat after the HoR had already been dissolved, it was prima facie illegal. He stated in his petition that the government must abide by the legal provision that mandated parliamentary hearings for those nominated for appointment to constitutional bodies.
He further added that the government acted with mala fide intention to seize control of constitutional bodies, bypassing parliamentary oversight.
Meanwhile, Speaker of the dissolved House of Representatives Agni Prasad Sapkota has also filed a writ petition at the apex court against the appointment of officials to constitutional bodies sans parliamentary hearings.