Judges say they’re told House will ignore PAC proposal

Kathmandu, November 6:

Chief Justice Dilip Kumar Paudel today told Speaker Subas Nembang that the Public Accounts Committee’s recommendation to initiate impeachment process against two Supreme Court judges was beyond the panel’s jurisdiction.

The CJ and Speaker Nembang today held a meeting and agreed that the Parliament and the Judiciary should have good relations.

A source close to CJ Paudel said. “CJ Paudel and SC Justice Min Bahadur Rayamajhi said that the PAC recommendation was beyond its jurisdiction.”

“The Speaker has asked Justices not to invite confrontation between the Parliament and the Judiciary,” the source told this daily.

The source added that though they did not specifically talk about the PAC recommendation to the House to impeach the judges who had removed Mahalaxmi Sugar Mills from the list of bank defaulters, they have agreed not to invite confrontation between the two important state organs.

“We discussed several issues,” Nembang told this daily. He, however, refused to elaborate.

“The Speaker expressed his commitment that everybody should respect the Constitution and law and nobody has authority to cross the limitation and the Parliament is committed to respect the limitation,” the source told this daily. The meeting lasted about 15 minutes at the official residence of the Chief Justice.

SC Justices said after the meeting that they were assured that the Parliament would not approve PAC recommendation to start a process to impeach the judges involved in the Mahalaxmi Sugar Mill case.

A Full Court meeting of the SC Justices had authorised Chief Justice Paudel and Justice Rayamajhi to discuss with Speaker to resolve differences between the Parliament and the Judiciary. Separately, the Speaker also met PM Girija Prasad Koirala today.