Kathmandu, January 1:

The 28th Executive Council meeting of the Nepal Bar Association, which concluded here yesterday, passed an eight-point declaration, demanding complete independence of the judiciary. The meeting also issued a call to make appropriate changes in the proposed formation of the Constitutional Council and the Judicial Council to respect the judiciary’s independence.

It asked the authorities concerned to remove flaws in the draft of the interim constitution and make public the report of the High Level Investigation Commission lead by Krishna Jung Rayamajhi which had probed the suppression in the Jana Andolan II and to punish the perpetrators. It asked the government to respect the people’s rights in the interim statute.