Cell to fight graft in courts

Kathmandu, May 13:

Newly appointed Chief Justice Min Bahadur Rayamajhi today took the initiative to tackle corruption and irregularities in the judiciary.

Rayamajhi has formed a high-level mechanism under him to look into complaints within the judiciary and take immediate steps to resolve them.

The new entity has been named Complaint Hearing Mechanism and will be activated after receiving complaints from the victims.

“People can file complaints from anywhere in the country. There will be a hotline number through which one can file complaints in relation to their dissatisfaction. The cell will then investigate and take appropriate steps to satisfy the complainants,” assistant spokesperson for the Supreme Court Hemanta Rawal said. Justice Ram Prasad Shrestha has been assigned to work as the head of the cell. Justice Shrestha would do the needful after receiving complaints. The cell will begin its work in a day or two. “It will either forward the investigation to CJ, or the Judicial Council if the complaint is against the judges and the Judicial Service Commission if the complaint is against the court staffers,” Rawal explained.

While publicising his future programmes after assuming office, the Chief Justice had said he would take necessary steps to control corruption and irregularities in the judiciary.

The CJ is also planning to start telephone-inquiry service so that the service seekers could know about their cases through telephone. “We will implement this service as soon as possible,” Rawal informed.