Judicial Council to probe reports of alleged medical mafia-judges’ nexus

Kathmandu, September 6

The Judicial Council today formed a Study Committee mandating it to present a report on the authenticity and accuracy of recent news reports of alleged nexus between judges and the medical mafia.

JC Secretary Krishna Giri, said the council formed a committee to study the veracity of recent news reports of nexus between the medical mafia and judges published by online and other media and present a report in 21 days. He refused to divulge more on the issue. JC members Ram Prasad Sitaula and Ram Prasad Shrestha are the members of the newly formed committee.

Shrestha told THT that it was merely a study committee.

The Centre for Investigative Journalism, Nepal had carried out a sting operation and published the transcript of conversation between its reporter, and the Chief Administrator of the Universal Medical College, Bhairahawa, Dhruba Paudel.

In the conversation, Paudel apparently takes names of two sitting justices Gopal Parajuli and Cholendra Shamsher Rana and mentions the Supreme Court’s registrar as well as a judge of the Patan Appellate Court as the key persons in the judiciary, who the medical mafia have been influencing to win cases.

Using the nickname “Daari” (which means beard), Paudel claimed that even then CJ Damodar Prasad Sharma, who sported beard, accepted Rs 20 million to issue a verdict in a case in favour of medical college(s).