Petition filed in the Supreme Court demanding that Oli be sworn in again
KATHMANDU, MAY 16
A writ petition was filed in the Supreme Court demanding that Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli be sworn in again, as the oath of office and secrecy that he took from the president on Friday was erroneous.
The Supreme Court has accepted the petition, but will officially register it tomorrow.
Senior Advocate Chandra Kanta Gyawali and advocates Lokendra Oli and Keshar Jung KC filed the writ petition against the Office of the President and others.
The petitioners said that on Friday when President Bidhya Devi Bhandari was administering the oath of office and secrecy to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, the PM told the president that a phrase of the oath - "I solemnly and sincerely pledge"
- was not necessary and such an utterance by the PM during the swearing-in ceremony undermined the prestige of the president's office.
They have argued that former US president Barack Obama had to retake the oath of office and secrecy as the oath he had taken earlier was not in sequential order.
The petitioners have demanded that the court ask the PM to retake the oath of office and secrecy and bar him from working as the PM until he is sworn in again.
The petitioners also urged the court to order the government to enact a federal law governing the process related to the swearing in of the PM and ministers.
A version of this article appears in the print on May 17, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.