Kathmandu, Nepal, June 7, 2021: The hearing on the House of Representatives (HoR) dissolution case in the Supreme Court (SC) has been postponed for Wednesday after Chief Justice Cholendra Shumser Rana fell ill on Monday. Hearing over the case was scheduled for Monday.
The SC has informed that the hearing in the constitutional bench over the HoR dissolution case has been postponed for Wednesday after Chief Justice Rana fell ill. However, the SC administration has not elaborated about the illness of the Chief Justice Rana.
Rana’s sudden illness is taken importantly from the concerned stake holders as it has happen at the time when the constitutional bench formed to hear the House dissolution cases has dragged into controversies.
The lawyers pleading from the government’s side had protested the reconstituted Constitutional Bench even though the Chief Justice Rana had on Sunday formed the bench on the basis of seniority comprising justices- Deepak Kumar Karki, Mira Khadka, Ishwor Khatiwada and Ananda Mohan Bhattarai.
The lawyers pleading from the government’s side have a demand that Justices Karki and Bhattrai should not be continued in the reconstituted constitutional bench as they had given written opinion on June 1 stating that they would like to opt out of the earlier bench as the March 7 decision and the current House dissolution relates each other.
Chief Justice Rana had reconstituted the Constitutional bench dissolving the previous one constitutional bench formed comprising the SC justices- Tej Bahadur KC and Bam Kumar Shrestha including Karki and Bhattarai after lawyers pleading form the petitioners’ side demanded not to keep KC and Shrestha in the CB linking the current House dissolution and the verdict related to the division of then ruling party Nepal Communist Party (NCP).
As Shrestha was one of the justices of the bench that on March 7 passed a verdict which invalidated the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) and revived the CPN-UML and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) and KC was one of the justices of the bench, led by Chief Justice Rana, that rejected Maoist chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s petition against the March 7 decision.