Dr Govinda KC and his supporters protest against Chief Justice Gopal Parajuli at Maitighar Mandala, Kathmandu in this recent photo. Photo: Republica
Gives 10-day ultimatum
KATHMANDU, Mar4: Dr. Govinda KC, who has been fighting against irregularities in the medical sector, has warned of starting yet another fast-unto-death if Chief Justice Gopal Parajuli does not resign immediately.
The CJ has been asked to step down from his post within 10 days if a fast-unto-death is to be averted. Dr. KC has also asked parliament to initiate an impeachment motion against CJ Parajuli, saying that the judiciary is being dragged into controversy needlessly and that attempts are underway to impose media censorship.
Issuing a press statement on Saturday, Dr. KC has said that he would begin the fast-unto-death from March 13 if CJ Parajuli refuses to quit his position. He has also urged the newly elected parliament to initiate impeachment proceedings soon after its first meeting takes place.
Dr Govinda KC has said that he would begin the fast-unto-death from March 13 if Chief Justice Parajuli refuses to quit.
Stating that a first round of fast-unto-death was already staged against CJ Parajuli, the anti-corruption crusader has demanded immediate resignation of the judiciary head. "We have already staged a first round of fast-unto-death against the CJ to restore the standing of the judiciary and end the misuse of power by its head. Even as the Supreme Court arrested us illegally in the night, a bench of the same court has ordered an investigation into the CJ's academic credentials and citizenship papers," reads the statement, "Given the context, we have been reiterating that the CJ must step down to ensure justice delivery that is fair and free."
Parajuli has been facing accusations of holding multiple citizenship documentss to prolong his stay in office as CJ. In recent days, Parajuli has been facing criticism from all quarters after the apex court summoned media outlets that published reports relating to his academic credentials and citizenship.
In his statement, Dr. KC has also asked the government to make public a report prepared by the Medical Education Probe Commission chaired by former Special Court chairman Gauri Bahadur Karki, and to take action against officials accused in the report.