Terming the May 18 declaration of the House of Representatives a “separate constitution” covering several subjects, Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala on monday urged the Supreme Court not to test the declaration under the 1990 Constitution.
Koirala also claimed that the declaration is a historic rights document. The PM added that the declaration is a “superior document” to the 1990 Constitution. “This is a historic document passed in a special situation after the success of Jana Andolan II that restored the House and which had passed the declaration to institutionalise the achievements of the movement,” said Koirala while submitting a written affidavit in the SC. An official of the SC told this daily that the SC will now schedule the case for a final hearing.
Koirala sought the SC’s order to quash writ petitions filed by advocates Achyut Prasad Kharel, Shree Prasad Upadhyay, Amita Shrestha and Arun Subedi demanding judicial review of the declaration.