KATHMANDU, NOVEMBER 23
The Nepal Bar Association and dissident justices of the Supreme Court continued to protest against Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JB Rana today as well.
While protesting lawyers staged a sit-in at the entrance of the SC, dissident justices continued to boycott hearing cases other than habeas corpus writ petitions and petitions seeking case withdrawal.
NBA Vice-president Rakshya Basyal said the NBA would carry out a lawyers' march from NBA office to Baluwatar on Thursday to draw the stakeholders' attention.
The NBA will send its central representatives to all 18 benches across the country to address lawyers' protest programmes in those places.
Asked about the NBA's stance on the amendment made to Supreme Court Regulations that paved the way for lottery-based cause list, Basyal said the lawyers' umbrella body would hold its office bearers' meeting to make its stance clear on the new rules.
"The dissident justices tried their best to end the stalemate in the benches.
They could simply buckle under pressure and resume hearings, but they effected amendments to the SC regulations and forced the court to go for lottery-based cause list. This has put more pressure on the CJ, as his role in assigning cases has been curtailed," Basyal said.
A version of this article appears in the print on November 24, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.