HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The Judicial Council (JC) headed by Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi could not hold its meeting today in relation to the appointment of judges in the Supreme Court due to serious rift between Regmi and other members.
“The meeting could not take place,” Jiwan Hari Adhikary, Secretary, JC told The Himalayan Times. “Though it was informal, it might be crucial because there are a number of cases pending in the JC for a long time,” Adhikary added.
Submitting a memorandum to Chief Justice Regmi, JC member Upendra Keshari Neupane had objected to the slow reform process in the judiciary and the appointment of judges as well.
The JC had informed all the members, including Law Minister Brijesh Kumar Gupta, Senior Justice Damodar Prasad Sharma and Khem Narayan Dhungana, but due to Neupane’s memorandum, the CJ postponed the meeting.
Neupane charged that the leadership of the JC was not taking assertive decisions on various issues including the adoption of norms for appointment of judges and adoption of the principle for open competition for district court judges.
A source claimed that Neupane lambasted the nexus between the staff and judges, which has been creating hurdles in the reform process at the judiciary.