Supreme Court Chief Justice and Parliamentary Hearing

This is the first time Parliament is hearing for Chief Justice’s post and this hearing must set example for future hearings.

Facts and the Latest: The justices and employees of the Supreme Court bid farewell to Chief Justice Dilip Kumar Poudel the day before yesterday (Friday 7, September) while members of a panel formed by the parliamentary Special Hearing Committee to probe more than a dozen complaints filed against Giri are still divided over Chief Justice-designate Kedar Prasad Giri. The Committee today decided to summon Giri for further hearing on his case at 11 am on Tuesday (11 Sept) after it could not take a decision on the complaints filed against him, according to lawmaker Bharat Mohan Adhikari. The probe panel whose meet ended inconclusively today morning nevertheless tabled a report on its investigation into 15 out of 16 complaints filed against Giri to the hearing committee.

On August 30, a meeting of the constitutional council chaired by the Prime Minister had recommended Supreme Court Justice Giri to succeed Poudel. The nine-member parliamentary probe committee members are unlikely to reach consensus over Giri’s appointment because the leftist in the committee think Giri seriously failed to maintain maintain professional ethics in his long judicial career while Congress MPs think since the hearing tradition is just beginning in Nepali parliamentary system, the committee shouldn’t be tough on nominee. There are four other Supreme Court Justices eligible for the post of the Chief Justice (in seniority order): Min Bahadur Rayamajhi, Anup Raj Sharma, Ram Prasad Shrestha and Khil Raj Regmi. Continue reading Supreme Court Chief Justice and Parliamentary Hearing