HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi today said fresh appointment of judges under the new constitution is unacceptable.
“All judges are working under a democratic constitution, so there is no need to have a provision for fresh appointment of judges in the new constitution,” Regmi said. It’s improper to draw parallels between the 1990 constitution and the constitution, which the Constituent Assembly is drafting, Regmi said while interacting with journalists at his chamber.
Regmi held that provision of fresh appointment of judges was introduced in the 1990 constitution because judges had worked under the Panchayati constitution promulgated in 1963 under an autocratic regime.
After 1990, judges have been discharging their duties by taking the oath of office under the Interim Constitution. Five-year-long experience under the 1990 constitution has proved that there is no need to appoint new judges under the new constitution. Underlining the need for punishing anyone involved in wrongdoings, Regmi said this should apply to judges involved in irregularities, too. “The provision of parliamentary hearing should be used to select good judges,” he said. He held that a Constitutional Court is not needed, expressing hope that political leaders will incorporate judges’ suggestions in the new constitution.
Regmi stressed the need to expedite the process of judges’ appointment. He said he has scheduled a meeting of the Judicial Council, delayed due to transition and disputes in the judges’ appointment norms, next week to discuss the matter.