House panel to call Giri tomorrow

Kathmandu, September 4:

The Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee is all set to call Chief Justice-designate Kedar Prasad Giri to face a hearing on Thursday.

“We are all set to call him on Thursday to clarify four allegations we have received against him,” joint secretary of the Parliament Tek Prasad Dhungana told this daily. “On Thursday, MPs will select issues raised by applicants in order to place before Giri and seek his clarification,” he added.

Dr Hirakaji Manandhar, Ramananda Singh, and journalist Tanka Panta have filed separate complaints accusing justice Giri of irregularities. They have requested the House panel to bar his appointment to the top post of the Judiciary.

Journalist Panta, who is also the vice-president of the Parliamentary Affairs Journalists’ Forum, said the journalists’ body is investigating about Giri.

The complaints were based on several civil cases decided by Giri and his

role to remove Mahalaxmi Sugar Mills from blacklist that caused a loss worth millions of rupees to the state coffers.