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Writ filed at SC challenging legality of Prez Bhandari’s oath

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KATHMANDU — A writ petition has been filed at the Supreme Court (SC) challenging the legality of the oath taken by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari from ousted Chief Justice (CJ) Gopal Prasad Parajuli.

Advocates Hem Mani Subedi and Narayan Kharel registered the writ at the apex court on Wednesday. The hearing on the writ will begin from Thursday.

A day after apex court justice Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada ordered the court administration to accept the petition, the petition was formally registered Wednesday. Earlier the court’s registrar had refused to register the petition.

The apex court administration has immediately scheduled the initial hearing on the case for Thursday after registering the petition.

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The petitioners have sought the apex court to bar Bhandari from continuing her duties as the head of the state until she takes fresh oath from the legitimate chief justice claiming that the oath administered to president by CJ Parajuli, who had alreday been relieved from the post by the Judicial Council, was unconstitutional,

Ousted CJ Parajuli had administered the oath of office and secrecy to President Bhandari amidst a special function in Sheetal Niwas in Maharajgunj, Kathmandu on March 14.

“The administering of oath by a person having no right has let the people down and seriously violated the principle of rule of law,” the writ stated.

The writ has made President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, President’s Office Sheetal Niwas, Prime Minister KP Shamra Oli, PM and Cabinet Office Singha Durbar, House Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara, Speaker’s Office, Singha Durbar, Chairman of National Assembly, retired CJ Parajuli, Opposition Party leader and Constitutional Council Secretarait as defendants.

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Senior actor Madan Krishna Shrestha undergoes successful Parkinson’s surgery

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KATHMANDU — Senior actor Madan Krishna Shrestha has successfully undergone a surgery for Parkinson’s disease at Annapurna Neuro Hospital in Kathmandu.

It is mentioned that a team of doctors performed Deep Brain Stimulation surgery in globus pallidus part of the brain,in a press statement issued by the hospital.

Dr Resha Shrestha and Dr Basanta Panta jointly performed the surgery on Thursday.

The 68-year-old actor has been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for the past nine years and the symptoms were prominently seen in left side of his brain for four years.

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This is the first time the hospital conducted such a surgery, the press statement reads. Now other Parkinson’s patients could avail of this treatment from the health facility.

It has been learnt that Shrestha’s health condition has improved. Since some problems were diagnosed in the right side of his brain, pacemaker has been installed, said the hospital.

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