President Bidya Devi Bhandari, on the recommendation of Prime Minister Oli, dissolved the House for the second time in five months on May 22 and announced snap elections on November 12 and 19.
Prime Minister Oli heads a minority government after losing a vote of confidence in the House.
In his written response to the Supreme Court, Oli said that it is not for the judiciary to appoint a prime minister, as he cannot assume the legislative and executive functions of the state.
On June 9, the Supreme Court issued a supporting notice to the Office of the Prime Minister and the Office of the President to provide a written response within 15 days.
The high court received Oli’s response through the Attorney General’s Office on Thursday, The Himalayan Times reported.
“The duty of the Court is to interpret the Constitution and existing laws, it cannot play the role of the legislative or executive bodies,” said Oli.
“The appointment of a prime minister is absolutely a political and executive process,” stressed the 69-year-old leader.
The Prime Minister also defended the president’s involvement in this whole matter, saying that article 76 of the Constitution gives the exclusive right to appoint a prime minister only to the president.
“According to Article 76 (5), there is no such provision that a person who wins or loses a vote of confidence in the House is examined by the legislature or the judiciary,” he said.
Up to 30 auto petitions, including from the Opposition Alliance, have been filed in the Supreme Court against the dissolution of the Chamber, which they said was “unconstitutional.”
The Supreme Court has begun hearing the case. Regular hearings on the case will resume on June 23.
Nepal plunged into a political crisis on December 20 last year after President Bhandari dissolved the House and announced new elections on April 30 and May 10 on the recommendation of Prime Minister Oli, amid a fight for the power within the ruling Communist Party of Nepal (PNC).
In February, the high court reinstated the dissolved House of Representatives, in a setback for embattled Prime Minister Oli, who was preparing for snap elections.
Oli repeatedly defended his decision to dissolve the House of Representatives, saying that some leaders of his party were trying to form a “parallel government.”