KATHMANDU: The Democratic Lawyers' Association (DLA) today submitted a memorandum to the Chairman of the Constituent Assembly Subash Chandra Nembang demanding judicial independence in the future constitution.
Senior advocates Harihar Dahal, Yagya Murti Banjade, and advocates Sher Bahadur KC, Guna Nidhi Neupane, Bishnu Bhattarai, Prem Bahadur Khadka, Bijaya Mishra jointly submitted the memo to Nembang at the CA in New Baneshwor.
Receiving the memorandum, Nembang assured his full commitment over the demand of the lawyers. He also urged the lawyers to pressurise political parties for the independence of judiciary.
"Judicial independence is a must in relation to safeguarding the human rights, lest the rights of the people cannot be protected. Nor will there be press freedom," the six-page-long memorandum, signed by Chairman Upendra Keshari Neupane and Lilamani Paudel, states.
"He expressed his commitment over our demand and call for a campaign in order to sensitise the political parties in this matter," Neupane told The Himalayan Times.
The lawyers strongly sought final interpretation authority on constitution and law to the Supreme Court.
The lawyers have clearly opposed the Sub-committee report of the CA's Judicial Committee stating that the proposal has intended to curb the judicial independence.
The lawyers' body also pleaded to keep intact the final interpretation authority to the Supreme Court and to appoint the judges independently. Before submitting the memorandum, the lawyers have participated in a rally.