The final hearing in the constitutional bench of the Supreme Court has started in the dispute regarding the citizenship and passport of Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Ravi Lamichhane.
Permanent Chief Justice Harikrishna Karki, Judges Vishwambhar Prasad Shrestha, Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada, Anand Mohan Bhattarai, Anil Kumar Sinha are on the bench.
Questioning Lamichhane’s eligibility to be a Member of Parliament, advocate Raviraj Basaula and others filed a petition on Mangsir 28 demanding the cancellation of Lamichhane’s position as MP.
The Constitutional Court held a hearing on January 6 and discussed the issue of whether or not to issue an interim order on Poush 22. The bench fixed a full hearing for Magh 11.
The writ demanded that Lamichhane not be sworn in as an MP. Lamichhane has become controversial after being embroiled in the dual citizenship case.
In the petition, it was claimed that Rabi Lamichhane had seriously violated the constitution and the law by saying that Rabi Lamichhane registered a party and ran as an office bearer and even got elected, even though he did not have Nepali citizenship after acquiring American citizenship. Rabi Lamichhane, National Independent Party, Election Commission, Federal Parliament and District Administration Office Kathmandu were made opponents in the writ.