Newly-appointed Chief Justice Kalyan Shrestha poses for a photo during his first day at Supreme Court on Wednesday in Kathmandu. Photo: Kumar Shrestha/RSS

Newly-appointed Chief Justice Kalyan Shrestha poses for a photo during his first day at Supreme Court on Wednesday in Kathmandu. Photo: Kumar Shrestha/RSS
KATHMANDU: Chief Justice Kalyan Shrestha has said he would not appoint any incompetent justices at the Supreme Court. At a programme organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association to congratulate and extend best wishes to him on Sunday, CJ Shrestha said only competent and experienced justices were needed at the SC. "Continuous reform in the judiciary is a need and for this, all should cooperate. I will do my work honestly," he committed. CJ Shrestha further said the bar and the bench are not competitive bodies, so they need to cooperate to build people's confidence in judiciary. On a different note, he said, "There are 30 fundamental rights provided in the draft constitution. Only provisions are not great. A solid work plan to implement these is essential." There are only 11 justices including himself in the SC currently. The number of pending cases at the apex court, however, has already reached 22,000.