NBA against lawyers favouring takeover

Kathmandu, August 26:

In the wake of the Judicial Council doing its homework for appointing judges in the Supreme Court, the Nepal Bar Association (NBA) has said it would oppose appointment of lawyers as judges who have been welcoming the King’s takeover. “We won’t accept such lawyers as judges,” said NBA’s central member Tikaram Bhattarai after a mandate by a meeting of legal experts yesterday. In order to make policy in this regard the NBA yesterday held a meeting of senior advocates, former presidents of the NBA, and the presidents of several branches of the NBA in Kathmandu valley. To reduce the work load of the Supreme Court, the CJ-headed Judicial Council is doing homework in order to appoint 10 ad hoc judges in the apex court and 36 judges in appellate courts and district courts. Currently there are 15 judges in the Supreme


“The meeting has suggested that NBA must oppose appointment of the lawyers favouring unconstitutional move as the NBA has already opined the February 1 takeover was unconstitutional,” Bhattarai added. Senior advocates Radheshyam Adhikary, Shree Hari Aryal, Bishwa Kanta Mainali, Sushil Kumar Sinha, Sarvagya Ratna Tuladhar, and former Law Minister

Subash Chandra Nembang, former president of NBA Harihar Dahal participated in the meeting. The meeting also authorised the NBA president Shambhu Thapa to initiate steps if needed to oppose such appointment. It lso decided to forward 10 names of lawyers for the appointment. President Thapa would recommend the names as CJ Dilip Kumar Paudel recently

assured the NBA that he would appoint three judges of the Supreme Court from the NBA quota.