The Supreme Court has revoked the post of MP of Home Minister Rabi Lamichhane. During the candidate nomination, the old citizenship certificate submitted by Lamichhane to the election officer’s office in Chitwan was ruled not to be recognized as it was ‘not valid’.
Chief Justice Harikrishna Karki along with Judges Vishwambhar Prasad Shrestha, with this decision of the Constitutional Court, Home Minister Lamichhane’s MP post of Chitwan-2 has become vacant. Although there is a provision in Nepal’s constitution that even non-members can become ministers, since Lamichhane’s citizenship is not recognized, he has also been relieved of his post as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs.
By-elections will be held in Chitwan-2 with this decision of the Supreme Court. In addition, since Lamichhane has already given up his US citizenship certificate, there is still a way to go to the District Administration Office, Kathmandu to get a Nepali citizenship certificate.
After hearing the separate writ petitions filed by Yuvraj Saphal and advocate Raviraj Basaula, the Supreme Court gave its verdict on Lamichhane’s citizenship dispute.