HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Senior justice of the Supreme Court, Ram Kumar Prasad Shah, today blamed politicians and lawmakers for introducing a constitutional provision on the establishment of a separate Constitutional Court to serve the interests of international non-governmental organisations.
He remarked that leaders and lawmakers started advocating for the Constitutional Court after visiting European countries with funds provided by UNDP and other
INGOs. Shah maintained that CC will trample on the independence of the judiciary and land the judiciary in chaos. Two weeks ago, political parties had agreed to form a separate Constitutional Court with a five-year tenure to look into disputes among provinces. This is
the first time a senior justice of the SC has spoken
against the CC.
While delivering his hourlong speech at a programme on Constitutional Court in the New Constitution, organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association with support from the UNDP, the senior justice urged the lawyers to save the judiciary. “Constituting a body like the Supreme Court is against the principles of separation of power and checks and balances among state organs. The move is intended to weaken the judiciary,”
Shah said, pointing that countries where there was threat of autocracy had
constitutional courts. “If constitutional courts are supposed to look into disputes among provinces, the US and India would have formed them,” he argued.