Nepal | January 26, 2021

Government attorneys put off protest

To attend court proceedings from today

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, January 25

Four trade unions that had been boycotting court proceedings in protest of the Judicial Council’s recent decision to recommend 80 High Court judges have postponed their protest.

Gajaraj Ghimire, chair of Trade Union of Civil Servants, chapter of Office of Attorney General, told THT that protesting trade unions decided to postpone their protest keeping in mind assurances given by Chief Justice Sushila Karki and Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ajay Shankar Nayak that proportional inclusion of government attorneys would be ensured in future while appointing judges.

Ghimire said the CJ assured them that judges would be appointed as per the constitutional and legal provisions in future. He said government attorneys would attend court proceedings from tomorrow.

Ghimire said the four trade unions decided to postpone and not end their protest as assurances by the CJ were not reflected in a release issued by the JC today. “Both the CJ and the law minister had admitted that some mistakes were made while recommending 80 High Court judges and said such mistakes would not be repeated in future. But this has not been reflected in the release,” he said, adding that the trade unions would wait to see whether or not the CJ’s assurances would be fulfilled in future appointment of judges.

“If not we will resort to protest again,” he warned. Ghimire said the JC would appoint some district court judges and two High Court judges soon and the trade unions would see whether or not the assurances made by JC would be fulfilled in new appointments.

Meanwhile, the JC issued a press release saying its attention was drawn to the demands raised by trade unions and the Government Attorneys Society. The JC said representatives of Government Attorneys Society and senior government attorneys from the Office of the Attorney General met two members of the JC — Padam Prasad Baidik and Ram Prasad Sitaula — who told them that the decision to recommend 80 High Court judges was taken as per the spirit of the constitution and the laws and such decisions would be taken as per the constitutional provisions and Section 5 of the Judicial Council Act in future too.

Minister Nayak, however, said the JC’s release that said it would make recommendation in future as per the constitution and Section 5 of the Judicial Council Act was enough to address the issues.

“Now the trade unions should not have any grudges. The Judicial Council cannot state any quota for government attorneys or else other staff of Judicial Service could also demand for the same,” he added.

 


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Estonia to get first female PM as government deal clinched

TALLINN: Estonia’s two biggest political parties clinched a deal on Sunday to form a new government to be led by a female prime minister for the first time in the Baltic country’s history, replacing the previous Cabinet that collapsed into a corruption scandal earlier this month. The party co Read More...

Center-right incumbent wins Portugal's presidential election

LISBON: Portugal’s president was returned to office for a second term with a resounding victory Sunday in an election held amid a devastating COVID-19 surge that has made the European country the worst in the world for cases and deaths. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who had been widely expected to w Read More...

White House begins talks with lawmakers on COVID-19 relief

WASHINGTON: Top aides to President Joe Biden on Sunday began talks with a group of moderate Senate Republicans and Democrats on a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package as Biden faces increasing headwinds in his effort to win bipartisan backing for the initial legislative effort of his presidency. Read More...

Need a lift? SpaceX launches record spacecraft in cosmic rideshare program

A veteran rocket from billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s SpaceX aerospace company launched 143 spacecraft into space on Sunday, a new record for the most spaceships deployed on a single mission, according to the company. The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 10 a.m. EST from the Space Launch Comple Read More...

Ethical question raised against Attorney General Agni Kharel

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 24 Senior Advocate Dinesh Tripathi today argued before the constitutional bench that it was unethical on the part of Attorney General Agni Prasad Kharel to defend the prime minister’s decision to dissolve the House of Representatives. He said Kharel was a member of the Con Read More...

Man United compounds Liverpool's woes with victory in FA Cup

MANCHESTER: A scream from Andy Robertson was a forlorn attempt to distract Mason Greenwood beginning Manchester United's comeback. The defender won't be the only one shrieking at Liverpool after going out of the FA Cup. Not that everything went wrong for Liverpool, with Mohamed Salah scoring twic Read More...

Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS)

CBS starts hiring enumerators, supervisors for upcoming census

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 24 The Central Bureau of Statistics has called for application from Nepali citizens for recruitment of enumerators and supervisors on contract basis for the upcoming National Population and Housing Census to be held from June 8 to 22 this year. The CBS has been conducting po Read More...

MoFAGA

New standard to ease employees’ adjustment

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 24 The Ministry of Federal Affairs has issued the ‘Employee Adjustment Standard-2021’ to address grievances voiced by civil servants, who were recently adjusted at the federal, provincial, and local levels, as per the Employee Adjustment Act-2017. According to the MoFAGA Read More...