Kathmandu, Nepal, February 23, 2021: Chief of the Army Staff (CoAS) Purna Chandra Thapa met with Chief Justice (CJ) Cholendra Shumsher Rana by going at the latter’s office in the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday.
Army chief Thapa met with the chief justice Rana at a time when the entire country has been vigorously waiting a verdict on the cases related to the dissolution of the House of Representatives (HoR).
One-on-one meet between the CJ and CoAS is probably the first time in Nepali history, claim the officials at the Nepal Army and the Supreme Court.
As the SC is believed to pass the verdict on the case on HoR dissolution within a week, speculations are riffed that the meet between the CoAS and CJ would have arranged to discuss about the possible situations after the verdict.
It is said that the meeting, which was lasted for about an hour, took place on the request of the CJ Rana. However, it is not known that whether the CJ and CoAS dwelt on the House dissolution case. However, both the agencies have confirmed about the meeting over the issue of land.
It is claimed that CJ Rana had invited CoAS Thapa to discuss about the nine ropanis of the total 37 ropanis of land covered by NA Cavalry behind the SC. Though the land was already transferred in the name of the SC, CJ Rana had invited CoAS Thapa to request him to evacuate the land that was previously owned by the national defense force, claims a source close to the SC.
As the Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli dissolved the HoR declaring snap polls for April 30 and May 10 on December 20 after dissident faction of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) attempted to oust him by registering no-confidence motion in the parliament, serious questions have emerged in the Nepalese politics.
Following the dissolution of the parliament not only the ruling NCP has reached at the vertical split but the entire political parties have divided over the issue. President Bidya Devi Bhandari had endorsed the government’s decision at the same day.
The government’s decision to dissolve the parliament was challenged at the SC referring to the constitutional provision that Prime Minister with majority strength in the parliament cannot dissolve the parliament.
The hearing on the House dissolution cases was concluded on Friday after five-member amicus curiae presented their briefs before the Constitutional Bench led by Chief Justice Rana. CJ Rana led five member bench has been hearing the case.
As armored vehicles of the Nepal Army were mobilized along Ring Road on February 1, the Nepal Army has become a matter of concern in recent days though it had already made clear that it was part of its regular exercise.