The political crisis in Nepal deepened on Tuesday when the Supreme Court ordered all-rounder Prime Minister K. P. Sharma to cancel the appointment of 20 ministers of the Oli cabinet. Along with this, his two cabinet expansions were declared illegal after the dissolution of Parliament. This information has been given in the news in the media.
The Kathmandu Post reported that a division bench of Chief Justice Cholendra Shamsher Rana and Justice Prakash Kumar Dhungana said that the cabinet expansion after the dissolution of the House is unconstitutional and hence the minister cannot discharge his duty. It said that with this order, five ministers, including the prime minister, are left in the Oli cabinet.
The court on June 7 gave its verdict on the petitions filed by six persons, including senior advocate Dinesh Tripathi. The petition urged that the cabinet expansion carried out by the caretaker government be quashed.
69-year-old Prime Minister K. P. Sharma Oli has been running the minority government since he lost the trust vote in Parliament last month. He expanded the cabinet on June 4 and June 10 in the midst of a political crisis and included 17 ministers. Three ministers of state were also appointed.
Senior advocate Tripathi said, “The Supreme Court has issued an interim order not allowing ministers to work after the dissolution of the House.” It was reported in the news that the Supreme Court has cited Article 77(3) in its decision to quash the appointments. According to this, if the post of the Prime Minister falls vacant after the Prime Minister cannot win the trust vote or resigns, then the same Council of Ministers will continue to function till the next cabinet is formed.