SC hearing on Citizenship Ordinance scheduled for Wednesday


March 16, 2022


SC hearing on Citizenship Ordinance scheduled for Wednesday

Constitutional Bench at Supreme Court of Nepal.

KATHMANDU: The dispute over the citizenship ordinance formerly put forward by the KP Oli-led government is scheduled to be heard in the Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

On 23 May 2021, the then government brought an ordinance to amend the Citizenship Act. However, the law practitioners filed a writ petition at the apex court saying that the ordinance was brought by postponing the parliamentary session.

Hearing the writ petition, the Supreme Court (SC) had issued an interim order not to implement the ordinance saying it would not be appropriate to make a law by evading the parliament on important issues.

The writ is slated for the hearing on the Constitutional Bench comprising acting Chief Justice Deepak Kumar Karki and justices Meera Khadka, Hari Krishna Karki, Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada and Dr. Ananda Mohan Bhattarai.

There were six different writs filed against the Citizenship Ordinance at that time. All the writs have been put together for hearing. Owing to the number of writ pressures scheduled for Wednesday’s hearing, it is still uncertain whether the hearing will take place today.