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Show cause notice issued by Nepal’s Supreme Court to the government over dissolving parliament

A five-member Constitutional bench headed by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana asked the government furnish for a written clarification over its “abrupt” decision.

Nepal Supreme Court issued order to show cause against the government on Friday over Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s decision to dissolve the parliament.

The notice was issued after a preliminary hearing at the five-member Constitutional bench headed by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana on the writ petitions filed against the government’s decision to dissolve the 275-member House of Representatives, My Republica newspaper reported.

A total of 12 writ petitions have been filled in the Apex court challenging the adjourment of the Lower House.

The bench sought the written clarification from the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Minister and Office of the President as they are made defendants in all the writ petitions, it said.

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The five-member bench comprises justices Bishwambhar Prasad Shrestha, Tej Bahadur KC, Anil Kumar Sinha and Hari Krishna Karki.

Meanwhile, both the opposition and the factions of the ruling party had taken to the streets against the dissolutions of the Parliament, deeming it unconstitutional.

The ruling party has now been virtually divided more than two years after it was formed following the merger of CPN-UML led by 68-year-old Oli and CPN-Maoist Centre led by 66-year-old Prachanda in May 2018.

Apart from the political sides of things, Dahal on Tuesday had filed a petition in the Supreme Court against Nepal caretaker Oli’s move to dissolve the Parliament.

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