Rabi Lamichhane citizenship dispute: Arguments on behalf of the petitioner over
KATHMANDU, Jan. 25: The final hearing in the case related to the citizenship dispute of Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Rabi Lamichhane is continuing in the Supreme Court. Before the tea break, 5 advocates argued on behalf of the petitioner in the bench of Chief Justice Harikrishna Karki, Justice Bishwambhar Prasad Shrestha, Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada, Dr. Anand Mohan Bhattarai, and Anil Kumar Sinha. And, advocates are Rabiraj Basaula, Raman Karna, Dr. Surendra Bhandari, Amrit Kharel, and Nitika Dhungana.
Before the sitting of the bench, it was agreed to argue for one and a half hours on behalf of the petitioner and Rabi Lamichhane. According to this, in the first hour and a half, 5 advocates argued on behalf of the petitioner.
In the debate, advocate Surendra Bhandari insisted that according to the Civil Act, the state should take a decision on the restoration of Rabi's citizenship. "Citizenship cannot be regained without the consent and approval of the country. Citizenship cannot be issued from anywhere other than the country," he insisted.
He made it clear that Rabi Lamichhane's personal decision will not make his citizenship active and said, "It should be issued even when it is restored. Rabi Lamichhane's blood may be Nepali, but he must go to a government official and get it verified."