NC objects to withdrawal of JC nomination

Kathmandu, June 26

Main opposition Nepali Congress party has taken strong exception to the withdrawal of the name of Ram Prasad Sitaula, who was recommended for appointment as member of the Judicial Council, by the KP Sharma Oli-led government.

The NC sought the status of the recommendation to appoint Sitaula as JC member at today’s meeting of Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee.

“We told the meeting that Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli interfered in parliamentary affairs. He withdrew the name of Sitaula, who was recommended for appointment as Judicial Council member, when Sushil Koirala was the prime minister,” said Nepali Congress Chief Whip Chin Kaji Shrestha. It was wrong to bar the media today, he said.

Sitaula was recommended for appointment as JC member nine months and PM Oli withdrew his name after he became the prime minister, stating that the PHSC did not exist. A 15-member PHSC was formed a week ago after the Parliament passed new regulations.

UML’s Chief Whip Bhanubhakta Dhakal urged NC members to drop the issue and clear the way for hearing of other recommended candidates at today’s meeting, according to sources.

Shrestha, however, said the government violated parliamentary norms and rules by withdrawing Sitaula’s name. “The government must take the House’s permission before withdrawing recommendations and proposals introduced in the Parliament. But, PM violated it,” he said. As the issue is under consideration in court, the NC is waiting for the court’s verdict, he said.

The PHSC has already moved ahead the process of parliamentary hearing of candidates recommended for Supreme Court justices and ambassadorial positions.

It has already called for complaints against candidates for the post of chief justice, 11 justices and 22 ambassadors.