CJ hearing put off in wake of serious plaints

Kathmandu, September 6:

Saying that the complaints filed against Chief Justice-designate Kedar Prasad Giri are serious, the Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee (PHSC) today put off a hearing on the Constitutional Council’s recommendation to appoint him Chief Justice.

“Since the complaints we have received are of a serious nature, we have put off the hearing,” Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, a member of the PHSC and CPN-UML Chief Whip told this daily today. The committee has decided to first study the case “seriously” and then decide whether to accept the Prime Minister-headed Council’s recommendation.

According to Pandey, the committee has set up a nine-member sub-committee under MP Dilendra Prasad Badu to probe the complaints. “The committee is expected to submit its report in tomorrow’s meeting,” Pandey said. The committee has received around 16 complaints against Giri. The complainants have urged the PHSC not to accept the recommendation.

According to another member of the PHSC, Giri has been accused of being involved in irregularities and, as such, not capable of taking up the top judiciary post. The complainants claimed Giri was against the freedom of the press, as he failed to uphold the same during the royal regime. Yet another member of the committee said if no decision is taken soon, Giri may be made the acting CJ after incumbent CJ Dilip Kumar Paudel retires tomorrow.