Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said attorneys have a significant role to play in the maintenance of rule of law and administration of criminal justice.

During a programme organised to mark the 71st anniversary of Office of the Attorney General in the capital yesterday, PM Deuba urged the attorneys to be committed to ensure rule of law, human rights, and fundamental rights. He also lauded the OAG's role in promoting rule of law and citizen's rights. According to Deuba, the OAG delivers its service in a specialised manner.

On the occasion, Attorney General Khamba Bahadur Khati said the problems in the judiciary had deprived many people of their rights, and right to justice. Reasoning this, Attorney General Khati urged PM Deuba to end the present problem in the judiciary through parliamentary process by holding discussion with the opposition.

He also said that the government should continue support to the OAG for capacity building of government prosecutors to protect democracy, human rights and independent judiciary.

Similarly, Chairperson of Nepal Bar Association Chandeshwor Shrestha said NBA was had been agitating for two months against corruption and anomalies in the judiciary.

He reminded PM Deuba about the need to resolve the problems in the judiciary via the parliamentary procedure.

The judiciary must be clean and fair to ensure the heightened image of independent judiciary. "For this to happen, both the government and Parliament should be serious," he underscored.

The OAG Day is being observed under the theme of 'reform in prosecution and development of professionalism'.

A special issue published by the OAG was released by PM Deuba on the occasion.

A version of this article appears in the print on December 24, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.