Constitutional Council meeting to recommend new Chief Justice today

Acting Chief Justice Deepak Raj Joshee

Kathmandu, June 12

The Constitutional Council is holding its meeting on Tuesday to recommend the name of new Chief Justice at the Supreme Court.

The position is vacant since then Chief Justice Gopal Parajuli was removed from the position in March after finding that he already crossed his retirement date. The senior-most Justice Deepak Raj Joshee has taken the charge of Acting Chief Justice since then.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who also heads the Council, has called a meeting for 5 pm at his official residence in Baluwatar today. The Council’s members include main opposition party leader Sher Bahadur Deuba, Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara, National Assembly Chair Ganesh Prasad Timilsina among others.

The Judicial Council has already forwarded three names including Joshee, Om Prakash Mishra and Cholendra Shamsher Rana for the position. The Constitutional Council, however, delayed the decision as the Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee was yet to be formed.

Now, with the endorsement of regulations for both houses of the Federal Parliament, the Special Committee is expected to be formed soon. The Committee will conduct hearings over names recommended for constitutional appointments including the Chief Justice, chiefs of constitutional positions and ambassadors.

Meanwhile, the Constitutional Council is also likely to hold a discussion over names for the chief of Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority as the position is vacant after the retirement of Deep Basnyat.

Published on June 12th, Tuesday, 2018 10:47 AM

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