Kathmandu, March 15
A day after the Supreme Court termed Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar’s decision to send the nominations of 11 SC justices back to the Judicial Council prima facie wrong, the JC today re-sent the nominations for parliamentary hearing.
The Speaker consulted Chief Justice Kalyan Shrestha and Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Agni Kharel and decided to proceed with the nominations if JC sent the names of 11 SC Justices for parliamentary hearing.
Secretary of the Parliament Secretariat Mukunda Sharma said the secretariat had received a letter sent by the JC for parliamentary hearing.
Press Adviser to the Speaker, Babin Sharma, confirmed that the JC’s nominations of 11 justices were re-sent to the Parliament Secretariat for necessary hearing.
Sharma said the Speaker had already told mediapersons that she would send the nominations for parliamentary hearing as soon as the Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee was formed.
Yesterday the Supreme Court had issued an interim order in the name of the Speaker and the Parliament Secretariat, telling them not to do anything that could adversely impact the decision taken by the Judicial Council to nominate 11 Supreme Court justices on March 1.
Speaker, however, claimed that the issue was blown out of proportion and said when she wrote to the Judicial Council, informing the constitutional body that the hearing for the newly nominated justices could not be conducted in the absence of the Parliamentary Hearing Committee and Parliamentary Regulations, she was only stating facts and people should not have read too much into her letter.
A version of this article appears in print on March 16, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.