Nepal Parliament endorses Om Prakash Mishra for new Chief Justice

Kathmandu, September 10

The Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee on Monday endorsed the name of Om Prakash Mishra for his appointment as Chief Justice of Nepal’s Supreme Court.

The Committee endorsed the name after its members held a hearing session with him for three hours this morning.

Mishra will take up the top judicial job after President Bidya Devi Bhandari makes the appointment.

During the Committee meeting today, Mishra said he would concentrate his efforts on freeing the judiciary of corruption. He said he would work to enhance people’s trust in the court.

“I will work to promote people’s trust in the judiciary. Likewise, I will effectively monitor activities in the judiciary sector so as to stop corruption,” Mishra told lawmakers during the meeting.

Likewise, he said he would ensure inclusive judiciary under his leadership and qualified people from disadvantaged and marginalised groups would be prioritised for appointment as justices and judges.

He said he was competent enough for the Chief Justice as he has so far handed down verdicts on 17,000 cases.

The Constitutional Council had forwarded Mishra’s name for the top position after the Hearing Committee rejected Deepak Raj Joshee, who was senior to Mishra, citing controversies surrounding his academic certificates and lack of clear vision in reforming the judiciary.

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