In a historic decision, the Supreme Court of Nepal has overturned a decision of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on December 20 to dissolve the House of Representatives, the Parliament of Nepal.
While delivering the verdict on the dissolution of the house, a constitutional bench headed by Chief Justice Cholendra Shamsher Rana overturned Oli’s decision and directed the government to recommend calling a meeting of the House within 13 days.
Let me tell you that on 20 December, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli recommended that the Parliament of Nepal be dissolved. Prime Minister Oli had alleged that he was forced to dissolve the parliament, because leaders within the party were not allowing him to do well. Even then, many constitutional experts in Nepal had said that Prime Minister Oli had no right to dissolve Parliament in this way.
Several others, including the ruling Nepal Communist Party chief whip Dev Prasad Gurung, had filed 13 petitions in the Supreme Court against this decision by Nepali Prime Minister Oli. All these petitions demanded the reinstatement of the lower house of the Nepali parliament. Hearing on these petitions, the Supreme Court of Nepal has given this ruling.