KATHMANDU, JUNE 9
The Supreme Court has issued a show cause notice to the defendants of the House dissolution case, seeking an explanation on their move to dissolve the House of Representatives.
The constitutional bench formed to hear the case has asked the Office of the President, and the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers to furnish reasons for House dissolution, within 15 days.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari, on recommendation of the KP Sharma Oli-led government, had swiftly dissolved the House on May 22.
The proceedings of the case -- which had been disrupted since Sunday after facing opposition from government attorneys, and subsequent ill health of Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana on Monday and Tuesday -- had finally resumed on Wednesday.
The composition of the Constitutional Bench has been under constant scrutiny, first after being protested by the petitioners and later by PM Oli's advocates, which has hampered regular commencement of hearings.
However, the court has now clarified that opposition of composition of the bench that was recently reconstituted on basis of seniority, will no longer be entertained.
Meanwhile, it has been learnt that regular hearings on the case will resume from June 23, after the completion of 15-day tenure provided by the court to the defendants to submit their response.