Nepal apex court scraps appointment of seven ministers

Days after K P Sharma Oli was reappointed as the prime minister of Nepal, the country’s supreme court gave him a jolt

May 21, 2021
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Days after K P Sharma Oli was reappointed as the prime minister of Nepal, the country’s supreme court gave him a jolt. The appointment of seven of Oli’s ministers has been scrapped by the top court. 

Their membership of the house had earlier been terminated as they jumped from CPN-MC to CPN-UML. “The [seven ministers] appointment was scrapped on the grounds that the six-month provision of obtaining membership of the federal parliament after being appointed is applicable just for one time,” Kishor Poudel, a communication expert at the Supreme Court, was quoted as saying by The Kathmandu Post

Soon after Oli reappointed as the prime minister in a caretaker capacity, he retained the same cabinet with the seven ministers who were not lawmakers. 

Advocates Kapil Dev Dhakal and Biraj Thapa on Wednesday had filed two petitions separately at the Supreme Court, demanding the scrapping of the appointment of the seven ministers. 

The court, in its ruling, said, the appointment of the ministers, prima facie, was against the constitutional provisions. 

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