House Dissolution: Full bench sought, bench member Justice Karki to not hear writs

KATHMANDU: The petitioners who had recently filed writs against dissolution of House of Representatives have sought a full bench of Supreme Court justices to hear the case.

Around 12 people appealed to the apex court on Wednesday that an issue of such gravity demands a full bench hearing for a precise interpretation of the case.

Stating that there have been precedents in the past where a full bench had taken up on similar events, the petitioners demanded the same approach be adopted now.

Chief Whip of ruling Nepal Communist Party Dev Gurung, Advocates Lokendra Oli, Shalikram Sapkota, Kanchan Krishna Neupane, Amrit Kharel, Dinesh Tripathi, among others, had filed the application.

The Constitutional Bench of the court began hearing on arguments for and against the case today.

Meanwhile, the next hearing on the case has been scheduled for January 13, Wednesday.

Justice Hari Krishna Karki to discontinue hearing writs

Member of the Constitutional Bench formed to hear writs on House dissolution, Justice Hari Krishna Karki has decided to excuse himself from hearing the writs henceforth.

Justice Karki's decision follows questions raised regarding his inclusion in the bench as he was appointed the Attorney General during KP Sharma Oli's first stint as the Prime Minister in 2015.

Lawyers had argued that Karki shouldn't have been picked as a member of the bench for the very reason.