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Next Door Nepal: Judges in the dock
Posted:Feb 12, 2017
 
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The lawyers who resigned from the NBA include its vice-president and those from the proposed Province No 2, a part of Madhes region.
 
At least 338 practicing lawyers including senior office bearers of the Nepal Bar Association (NBA) have resigned en masse. Their extreme step, a first in the 60-year-old history of the independent justice system in Nepal, is in protest against the appointment of 80 high court judges by the Judicial Council headed by Chief Justice Sushila Karki overruling protest by two of the five members over a month ago.
 
NBA Chairman Sher Bahadur K.C. “collected” the mass resignations. He has since announced a panel to probe the conduct of Ram Prasad Situala, the NBA representative in the Judicial Council. Situala has been accused of boycotting the council meeting as part of a “design” to help the CJ and ruling Maoists have their way in the appointment of judges. Though only the NBA representative is in the ambit of the investigation, the move has wider implications. Karki, the first woman head of judiciary in the country, has come under a cloud of suspicion and her moral authority has taken a beating. So far, she has maintained silence on the issue.
 

 
Indian Express, February 13, 2017

 
 
 
 
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