CJ tells parties to respect verdicts

Kathmandu: Newly appointed Chief Justice Min Bahadur Rayamajhi today called on political parties to respect the judgments of the court of law, saying that the court is the place for peaceful settlement of disputes.

"This is not the place for protests and chanting slogans. The disputes are settled here peacefully," Rayamajhi said, adding, "I request all to stop such acts against the judiciary." He said court decisions were based on law and evidences. Rayamajhi was talking to mediapersons after assuming the office as the Chief Justice.

Earlier, President Dr Ram Baran Yadav administered the oath of office and secrecy to the Chief Justice amidst a ceremony held at the President's Office, Shital Niwas.

After assuming office, Rayamajhi unveiled his seven-point commitment to reform the judiciary. The Chief Justice said he would give continuity to the the plans of the judiciary, introduce scientific cases management system to expedite the process of implementation of the cases, initiate process for human resources development, increase cooperation from the stakeholders, maintain judicial accountability and give continuity to alternative dispute resolution.

Rayamajhi also said he would implement the recently promulgated code of conduct, set up mechanism to punish those who violate conduct and make the Judicial Service Commission and Judicial Council more effective.

The CJ also sought cooperation from the Nepal Bar Association and called on media to disseminate truth, which, according to him, can help the judiciary propel its image in the public.

He also said he was serious about the security of the judges and courts in Tarai districts, where untoward incidents are increasing. "We have recently talked with Home secretary and Inspector General of Police. We will look into this problem," he assured.