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House Dissolution: Justice Karki Quits Constitutional Bench, Next Hearing On January 13

“I have no problem, but the public is complaning that Justice Hari Krishna Karki has already served as PM Oli’s Attorney General and he may not be impartial while delivering justice,” senior advocate Shambhu Thapa said during the hearing.

By N24 Staff Writer, KATHMANDU:- Amid questions from advocates debating the House dissolution case in the Supreme Court, Justice Harikrishna Karki quit the five-member Constitutional Bench set up by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana to hear the case.

As advocates Shambhu Thapa, Dinesh Tripathi, Mukti Pradhan and Raman Kumar Shrestha debated on behalf of the petitioners, they argued that the presence of Justice Karki, who already worked as the Attorney General of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, would present a case of “conflict of interest.”

“I have no problem, but the public is complaning that Justice Hari Krishna Karki has already served as PM Oli’s Attorney General and he may not be impartial while delivering justice,” senior advocate Shambhu Thapa said during the hearing.

In the middle of the hearing, all five members of the Bench then went inside a chamber and held a meeting, after which they decided that Justice Karki should not remain in the Constitutional Bench.

During the hearing, the advocates also read out the application submitted to the Supreme Court demanding a full bench hearing on the House dissolution case, to which Chief Justice Rana said the debate should continue first.

“Only after conducting hearing at the Constitutional Bench, an order may be issued as to whether to go for a full bench or not,” Chief Justice Rana said.

In the mean time, the Supreme Court has announced that the next hearing on the House dissolution case would be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2020.

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