Nepal SC dismisses newly appointed 7 ministers from their positions

Written By: Saloni Murarka WION
Kathmandu, Nepal Published: May 20, 2021, 07:52 PM(IST)

The Supreme Court of Nepal Photograph:( AFP )

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The court said the appointment of these seven leaders was unconstitutional as they do not have a seat in either of the Houses of the Federal Parliament

The Supreme Court of Nepal on Thursday dismissed the appointment of seven ministers of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli cabinet while hearing writ petitions filed against the leaders. 

The court said the appointment of these seven leaders was unconstitutional as they do not have a seat in either of the Houses of the Federal Parliament. 

On May 14, Oli had reappointed seven ministers who are not the lawmakers in the federal parliament. President Bidya Devi Bhandari had administered an oath of office and secrecy to them on the same day.

Following the court’s decision, Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa, Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Top Bahadur Rayamajhi, Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies Lekh Raj Bhatta, Urban Development Minister Prabhu Sah, Minister for Water Supply Mani Thapa, Minister for Labor, Employment and Social Security Gauri Shankar Chaudhary and Minister for Youths and Sports Dawa Tamang have been relieved of their posts. 

Meanwhile, Ram Bahadur Thapa from CPN-UML lost the by-poll election held in the Bagmati Province. 

Khimlal Devkota, the candidate of the opposition alliance [Nepali Congress (NC), CPN (Maoist Center), and Janata Samajbadi Party (JSP)] has been elected member of the National Assembly from the Province.

Devkota won the election by 128 votes. 

Earlier, four writ petitions were filed against the PM and his ministers in the Supreme Court demanding him to take an oath of the office again. 

The petitions have also sought the dismissal of seven ministers as they are not part of the federal parliament. 

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