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Nepal: Justice Karki recuses himself from Constitutional Bench hearing House dissolution

Kathmandu: Justice Hari Krishna Karki has recused himself from any further role in the Constitutional Bench, which is hearing a bunch of petitions against Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli administration’s move to dissolve the Parliament.

“Justice Karki has decided not to be part of the Constitutional Bench that is hearing the writs against dissolution of the House of Representatives,” The Kathmandu Post quoted Kishor Poudel, Communication Expert at the Supreme Court, as saying.

The Bench is being led by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana, also comprising Bishowambhar Prasad Shrestha, Anil Kumar Sinha and Tej Bahadur KC.

Justice Karki was appointed Attorney General in October 2015 after Mr Oli was elected prime minister for the first time following the promulgation of the constitution.

Subsequently, in 2016, Justice Karki was promoted as the country’s Apex Court justice during Mr Oli’s tenure as PM.

The lawyers had shown their displeasure over the inclusion of Justice Karki in the Bench, saying he had worked as the PM’s counsel, so he should not have been a part of the Bench.

The hearing, which scheduled for Wednesday, was posted for next hearing on January 13.

The Country’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari on December 20 had dissolved the Parliament on the recommendations of Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli’s government. The decision came in the wake of the deepening crisis within the ruling Nepal Communist Party

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