Shah retires as Nepal's Chief Justice, Kalyan Shrestha succeeding

KATHMANDU: Chief Justice Ram Kumar Prasad has retired from the judiciary on Tuesday.

Shah took compulsory retirement from the topmost post of the Supreme Court (SC) based on his age.

The Justices and staff of the apex court bid farewell to him organising a function.

He had taken up the position of Chief Justice of Nepal's apex court on October 10, 2014.

Among major works undertaken during his tenure were online update of hearing calendar of case as part of maximum use of information technology, issuance of work schedule of case hearing at 10.00 am, case-related alert circulation to clients through SMS and email, arrangement of filing writ from law firm and efforts to assuage influence of intermediary in judiciary.

SC’s senior most Justice Kalyan Shrestha, who has already undergone the parliamentary hearing,  is taking the charge of Chief Justice from July 8.

President Dr Ram Baran Yadav will formally appoint Shrestha as the Chief Justice and administer the oath of office and secrecy to him on Wednesday morning.

The Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee had endorsed Shrestha as Chief Justice after the Constitutional Council recommended his name for the same on last June 29.