Ruling coalition leaders pile pressure on PM to take process ahead to remove CJ
KATHMANDU: Leaders of the ruling coalition have piled pressure on Prime Minister and Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba to take ahead the process to file impeachment motion against Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JB Rana.
Especially, CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and CPN (Unified Socialist) Chairman Madhav Kumar Nepal are for removing Chief Justice Rana.
Though Supreme Court justices returned to the benches after a lottery system was introduced on Wednesday, Lawyers associated with the Nepal Bar Association have been saying that they would continue the protest until the Chief Justice put in his papers.
Senior leaders of the ruling coalition held a discussion on the issue at the PM’s official residence in Baluwatar on Thursday.
During the meeting, senior leaders of the five parties of the ruling coalition have suggested appointing the acting Chief Justice by putting him on leave.
As the court proceedings have been obstructed for a long time and Chief Justice Rana has also taken ill, the leaders suggested the Prime Minister to appoint an acting Chief Justice at the earliest to take the court proceedings ahead.
“The coalition has made a conclusion that the acting Chief Justice should be appointed as soon as possible to take the court proceedings ahead as the Chief Justice has fallen sick,” Minister for Information and Communications and government’s spokesperson Gyanendra Bahadur Karki said.
Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Dahal, CPN (Unified Socialist) Chairman Nepal, Janata Samajbadi Party-Nepal Chairman Upendra Yadav and Durga Paudel of Rastraiya Janamorcha among other leaders were present in the meeting.
Senior advocates, legal eagles and some former Chief Justices close to CPN (Maoist Centre) and CPN (Unified Socialist) have been piling pressure on the ruling coalition to remove Rana from the Chief Justice.