Constitutional Council recommends Mishra as Chief Justice

KATHMANDU: The meeting of the Constitutional Council held on Thursday recommended Acting Chief Justice Om Prakash Mishra to the post of Chief Justice.

The post of Chief Justice has been lying vacant since the sacking of former CJ Gopal Prasad Parajuli on March 14, 2018.

Earlier, in the first of its kind event in the country's parliamentary history, the Parliamentary Hearing Committee had rejected chief justice nominee Deepak Raj Joshee on the basis of two-thirds majority.

The senior-most Justice of the Supreme Court Om Prakash Mishra had assumed the charge as acting CJ on August 6 after Joshee went on a leave after PHC rejected his nomination.

Leader of Opposition and Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba also endorsed the decision, said Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal.

The CC had called its meeting a few days ago to discuss CJ nomination but put off its meeting as opposition party Leader Sher Bahadur Deuba, who is a member of the CC, went to Singapore for health check up.