Nepal | August 11, 2020

Judges want conference postponed

Himalayan News Service
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Kathmandu, September 30 :

Some judges on Thursday advised Chief Justice Dilip Kumar Paudel and the Judges’ Society led by senior-most Justice of the Supreme Court, Kedar Prasad Giri, to postpone the judges’ conference scheduled to be held on October 27 and 28.

“Since the judges of the Supreme Court, Appellate Courts and District Courts have asked the Chief Justice and the Judges’ Society not to hold the meet on the scheduled dates, it may be deferred. The society is yet to decide on it,” an SC justice told this daily.

The judges have demanded the postponement of the meet at a time when some members of parliament are demanding re-appointment of judges to be incorporated in the proposed interim constitution. “Some of the Supreme Court judges, including Chief Justice Paudel, have opposed the idea of criticising the House’s decision,” the Justice said.

They have criticised the CJ saying criticising the House is not a good thing to do. The suggestions came on Thursday at a tea party held by the CJ at his official residence at Baluwatar. Paudel has publicly criticised the idea of fresh appointment of judges and impeachment of SC judges as wanted by the Public Accounts Committee.

SC Justice Balram KC said the re-appointment of judges is a controversial issue as MPs have also been demanding the same. “The judges should not speak publicly on the issue. They should only be concerned with whether the interim constitution keeps the judiciary’s independence intact or not,” KC said.

“The judges should never express their opinions on whether the House is ready to adopt a provision relating to the re-appointment of judges or not,” KC added.

While one group of judges is seeking the re-appointment, the other is against the idea. “Judges should neither propose re-appointment nor oppose it as it should be decided by the people,” KC said.

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