SC moved for judges’ appointment

Kathmandu, December 15:

A group of advocates today moved the Supreme Court demanding its order to the Chief Justice-headed Judicial Council for the immediate appointment of judges in three-tier judiciary in the country.

Saying that scores of vacancies are lying vacant in courts and that it was directly related to principle of delivering justice on time, the advocates, including Madhav Kumar Basnet, Lok Dhoj Thapa and Binod Phuyal, also demanded the apex court order to scrap the decision of SC Registrar Dr Ram Krishna Timalsena, who had recently refused to register the petition. Dr Timalsena had refused to register the petition saying that the petitioners could not establish their locus standi on the petition.

“Since it is a matter of justice, the order passed by the registrar is against the rule of law and the principle of justice,” the petitioners claimed, seeking the apex court order to scrap the registrar’s decision and formally take up the case.

Chief Justice Kedar Prasad Giri, ex-officio chairman of the JC; Dev Gurung, Law Minister and ex-officio member of the JC; Min Bahadur Rayamajhi, senior-most Justice at the SC and ex-officio members of the JC; and JC members Moti Kaji Sthapit and Basudev Dhungana have been made the defendants.