The Supreme Court has ordered the government to explain why Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli reshuffled the cabinet and appointed new members even after the general election dates were announced.
A single bench of Justice Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada handed the order today in response to six writ petitions filed against the measure.
However, the bench did not impose an interim order, as requested by the petitioners, prohibiting the new ministers from performing their duties until the final verdict was issued.
The judge has scheduled a hearing for both parties on June 22 to determine whether the interim order is warranted.
The hearing today was conducted via video-conferencing, a technique that the court has just lately begun to employ in light of the widespread coronavirus illness.