Kathmandu: Nepal's Supreme Court on Wednesday sent show cause notices to the President and the Prime Minister's Office on the dissolution of the House of Representatives and sought their response within 15 days. President Vidya Devi Bhandari dissolved the House of Representatives for the second time within five months on May 22 on the recommendation of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and announced mid-term elections on November 12 and 19.
Oli is heading a minority government after losing a majority in the house. According to Supreme Court sources, a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Cholendra Shamsher Rana has sought explanation from the respondents. The proceedings in the politically important case finally started from Wednesday. It is believed that the regular hearing in the matter will start from June 23 after the 15-day deadline given to the respondents to respond.
The apex court has decided to take the help of two senior advocates as amicus curiae in the matter of dissolution of the 275-member House of Representatives, reported myrepublica.com. Out of these, one advocate will be from Nepal Bar Association and one advocate will be from Supreme Court Bar Association. 30 writ petitions have been filed including the opposition coalition's petition against the dissolution of the House of Representatives.