Supreme Court Building, Ramshahpath, Kathmandu. (File photo/Khabarhub)
KATHMANDU: Advocate Sunil Pokharel has claimed that both the Prime Minister and the President have no rights to dissolve the House of Representatives (HoR).
Delivering his arguments on the writ petition on behalf of the petitioner in the Supreme Court on Friday, Advocate Sunil made it clear that the HoR can be dissolved only on the condition when there is no possibility to form a new government.
He further said that the person cannot claim for the post of Prime Minister without tendering his/her resignation or without taking a vote of confidence.
A total of 29 advocates are delivering arguments on the writ petitions filed against the dissolution of HoR today.
Three to 30 minutes have been allocated for the legal practitioners for presenting their arguments on the writs. Senior Advocates Krishna Prasad Bhandari and Satish Krishna Kharel have been given 30 minutes each while 25 minutes has been allocated for former Attorney General Mukti Pradhan.
Likewise, senior advocate Baburam Kunwar and advocate Dr Bhimarjun Acharya have been given 20 minutes each while 15 minutes has been allotted for Tika Ram Bhattarai.
Government attorneys will begin their deliberations on the writs from coming Sunday.
President Bidya Bhandari on May 21 had dissolved the HoR and announced dates for mid-term polls for November 12 and 19.
Opposition parties have filed as many 30 writ petitions against the President’s move saying that the HoR dissolution is against the constitution.
The Supreme Court is hearing on the writs since June 23.