Tamang vows to activate JC to scrutinize judges' property

Published On: April 9, 2018 06:30 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, April 10: Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Sher Bahadur Tamang said on Monday that the Judicial Council (JC) will be activated soon  for scrutinizing the property details of judges. 

“We will look into the property details of judges submitted to the JC,” Minister Tamang told journalists at a press briefing held by his ministry on Monday. “If somebody has not submitted the property details, we will take action against that individual,” he added. Tamang, however, did not clarify what action would be taken against such judges.

Reiterating that the property details of  judges should be made public, he said  the government would work to promulgate a law along these lines. “Since there are  provisions for individuals from  peons to government secretaries  and from the ward chairman to the prime minister to make public their property details, why should judges be exempt?” he asked. 

The law minister also said that he  recently consulted with the Supreme Court bureaucracy and found that a lack of sufficient human resources was hindering  justice delivery. So he would do the needful for providing sufficient human resources to the judiciary. 

“People cannot  receive the text of court judgments on time,” Tamang said adding, “We have began consulting with  the Ministry of Finance so that courts can issue their judgments to  service seekers in a short period of time. This would be a relief to the service seekers.”

Tamang also said that he would work for bringing about reforms in the existing laws. “This is the time for bringing about  economic prosperity and we should focus on economic development and prosperity,” Tamang added. 

Tamang  claimed that the JC would  penalize  judges who violate judicial ethics while deciding their cases. “The people's wish would be reflected in  parliament in relation to the Supreme Court judges and the JC would be activated for other matters,” he warned. According to him, the same situation would apply in those cases  where the justices of the apex court have handed down interim orders in financially-related cases.” Tamang also questioned the motive of  judges who acquitted those accused of involvement in big financial scams. 

Stating that everything would come back on track if the courts functioned properly, Tamang made it clear  the JC would scrutinize the work of  judges and would punish those  violating  judicial norms. “There would be no problem  arresting any leader, minister or any other officer but we should first create an environment in which the  judges function properly,” he added. 

Tamang also claimed that the JC would  work to make the appointment of judges more transparent and clean through the setting up of proper standards. “The JC will function differently than in the past,” he said. “It was passive in the past but it will be vibrant in the days to come.”

Tamang claimed that the JC does not have any plans for bringing in a voluntary retirement scheme for  judges. “The JC will work on a calendar system for the appointment and retirement of judges on the basis of  personal details. We will not leave any room for confusion over judges' retirement in  future,” he said.

“Since there are so many complaints pending at the JC against  judges  we will investigate these properly through maintaining good records of their date of birth, retirement and other issues relating to their service.” 

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