Truant appellate court judge in the dock

Kathmandu, October 20:

The Judicial Council headed by Chief Justice Kedar Prasad Giri today decided to seek fresh explanation from an Appellate Court judge for remaining absent from his job without seeking approval.

The JC meeting today decided to seek explanation from Om Prasad Subedi, judge of the Tulsipur Appellate Court. Subedi remained absent from his office for 53 days without taking approval from the chief judge of the court.

The JC decided to ask Subedi to furnish fresh explanation as his first explanation was not satisfactory.

“Subedi ignored a legal provision that requires the approval of his leave by the chief judge,” JC spokesperson Nahakul Subedi said.

The JC also decided to appeal against the Tulsipur Appellate Court verdict of issuing clean chit to Pyuthan district court judge Birendra Kumar Karna, who was allegedly caught red-handed while taking a bribe of Rs 20,000. Karna was dismissed by the Royal Commission for Corruption Control set up by then government after royal takeover in 2005. The Appellate Court had given clean chit to Subedi when the JC prosecuted him after the commission was dismantled.

The meeting decided not to proceed with the 36 complaints against judges. The complaints have accused the judges of involvement in corruption and other irregularities. “We decided to drop the complaints because we found no serious ground for action in those complaints,” Subedi said.

The meeting also discussed on the possible transfer of the judges of different district courts, according to Subedi. Meanwhile, the Judicial Service Commission decided to transfer 22 under secretaries and 51 section officers in different courts nationwide.