Supreme Court will hear writs opposing cabinet expansion

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On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear the writ petitions filed against the cabinet expansion.

Six writ petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court seeking to overturn Friday’s cabinet reshuffle.

The writs were filed in opposition to the cabinet expansion, claiming that caretaker Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli could not do so.

Attorneys such as Dinesh Tripathi and Kanchan Krishna Neupane have filed separate writs seeking to overturn President Bidya Devi Bhandari’s new cabinet appointments, reshuffle, and work divisions, which were made on the recommendation of the Council of Ministers.

Advocates argue in the writ that the recent cabinet reshuffle and the appointment of new ministers, as well as their work division, are fraudulent and violate the spirit of many articles of the Constitution, including Articles 2, 74, and 77 (C), and thus deserve to be annulled.

The newly appointed ministers will lose their ministerial posts if the Supreme Court issues an interim order today.

On Friday, Prime Minister Oli expanded his cabinet by inducting ten ministers from the Janata Samajwadi Party’s (JSP) Thakur-Mahato faction and two ministers from his own party, the CPN-UML.