Monday, 28th July 2014

Parliamentary committee to summon Chief Justice on appointment row


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The Parliamentary Hearing Committee has decided to summon Chief Justice Damodar Prasad Sharma to furnish explanations, as to on what basis the Judicial Council recommended eight Supreme Court Justices.

A meeting of the Committee held under the chairmanship of Kul Bahadur Gurung took a decision to this effect on Tuesday.

The Committee also decided to summon other members of the Council to speak on the Justices’ recommendation issue.

“At a time when voices are raised against professionalism and characters of the eight recommended Justices, the parliament must ensure a fair trial instead of a customary one,” the lawmakers said in today’s meeting.

The lawmakers further said those with clean image have to be cleared the way for appointment, while those with a long list of complaints registered against them have to prove that they still qualify.

Twenty-two complaints were registered against the eight Justices pointing finger at their ethics and professionalism.

The Parliamentary Hearing Committee has 72 members and every constitutional appointment has to be finally approved by this Committee.

In the Committee, there are 17 members from Nepali Congress, followed by 15 of CPN-UML, 7 of UCPN (Maoist) and 2 of RPP-Nepal, among others.


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