SC Bar gives memo to CJ

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, April 27:

The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) today submitted a memorandum to the Chief Justice, Hari Prasad Sharma, stating that his speech delivered recently in Australia violated constitutional supremacy and the rule of law.

In the five-point memorandum, the bar body has sought Chief Justice’s explanation as soon as possible. “Senior advocates and SCBA members have found your speech objectionable,” said the memorandum signed by SCBA secretary Indra Lohani.

“We feel that your speech has tarnished the image of the Judiciary and constitutional supremacy,” it said. “The 1990 Constitution has taken the Judiciary as an independent and competent constitutional body. Democracy will be meaningless in the absence of independent Judiciary.”

The SCBA also said it would not tolerate any kind of interference on the Judiciary’s independence from any side.