Kathmandu, August 2:

The government attorneys today urged Chief Justice Dilip Kumar Paudel to give equal priority to them while appointing judges. During a meeting with the Chief Justice at his chamber, government prosecutors, including Attorney General Pawan Kumar Ojha, urged him to give equal importance to the public prosecutors while appointing judges. “The Chief Justice said he would consider the matter and would take the issue before the Judicial Council,” said a high-ranking government attorney. Deputy Attorney General Chet Nath Ghimire and other government lawyers Krishna Prasad Prasain, Dilli Raj Acharya, Raj Narayan Pathak, Tika Bahdur Hamal, Yuba Raj Subedi and Rajendra Subedi were present at the meeting. The Chief Justice-headed Judicial Council appoints about four dozen judges in several courts, including the Supreme Court.

Outgoing Chief Justice Hari Prasad Sharma could not appoint even a single judge during his six-month tenure. “During the meeting, we clearly said that the Judicial Council discriminated government lawyers while appointing judges in the last 14 years,” the lawyer said. He added that only nine government lawyers were appointed as judges during the period as against dozen private lawyers. The Chief Justice told the government prosecutors not to discriminate against anyone while investigating and forwarding cases in courts. “Chief Justice Paudel told us to strengthen our investigation while forwarding corruption cases before the courts representing the Commission For the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA),” the lawyer further said. “Paudel also suggested that we formulate a policy for prosecuting the accused,” he added.