Supreme Court of Nepal

Supreme Court of Nepal. Photo: THT/File
KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered that the Judicial Council submit files related to the appointment of 80 judges at the high courts recently. A single bench of Justice Ananda Mohan Bhattarai made the order today in the name of the Council headed by Chief Justice Sushila Karki. Earlier on Tuesday, Deputy Attorney General Durga Bandhu Pokharel had filed a writ against the appointment claiming the priority was not given to seniority and very few government lawyers were appointed as judges at high courts. On January 12, the Council had appointed 80 judges for seven high courts. The decision had drawn flak from the legal fraternity including the government attorneys. The government lawyers had launched a protest including boycotting the Supreme Court benches whereas Attorney General Raman Kumar Shrestha himself had spoken publicly against the decision. The protest was halted after Chief Justice Sushila Karki and Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ajay Shankar Nayak assured that proportional inclusion of government attorneys would be ensured in future while appointing judges.