Hearing on House dissolution case underway; Govt against grand full bench

KATHMANDU: Hearing on the case of dissolution of the House of Representatives is underway at the Supreme Court. However, the government has disagreed with the demand of petitioners to take the House dissolution case to a grand full bench.

Currently, the Constitutional bench of the Supreme Court is undergoing discussion on why the case should be heard by the grand full bench.

The Constitutional bench is led by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JB Rana and comprises four other justices -- Bishwambhar Prasad Shrestha, Tej Bahadur KC, Anil Kumar Sinha and late inclusion Sapana Pradhan Malla.

Justice Malla was included to the bench on Wednesday as Justice Hari Krishna Karki rescued himself from the case after two petitioners — Senior Advocates Dinesh Tripathi and Shambhu Thapa — pointed out conflict of interest for Karki in the case.

Thirteen petitioners had filed a writ against the dismantling of the Lower House. They demanded the formation of a grand full bench for which a petition was submitted. Their lawyers are pleading before the constitutional bench in favour of the formation of a grand full bench.

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