Bar protest obstructs High Court hearings for fifth day
RAJBIRAJ, July 2: Lawyers in Janakpur have boycotted the bench for the fifth consecutive day accusing High Court judges of involving in bribery while dealing with the cases. Except writ petitions, the advocates did not participate in any of the hearings.
Supreme Court Justice Om Prakash Mishra had tried to settle the row by approaching the agitating lawyers on Friday. The efforts, however, went in vain as the advocates demanded agreement in writing instead of verbal commitment from Justice Mishra. Miffed at the court's reluctance to settle the row, the advocates boycotted the court hearings.
“A team led by Justice Om Prakash Mishra had verbally committed to reach an agreement but he did not take initiatives toward addressing the demands raised from our side,” said Bimal Sah, secretary at the Rajbiraj High Court, Nepal Bar Association, adding, “That's why we continued our protests today as well.”
Advocates working in the High Court have been accusing the judges of indulging in monetary dealings while settling cases. They have warned of not participating in the benches until monetary dealings are not completely stopped while settling court cases.
A team led by apex court justice has arrived in Rajbiraj to settle Bar-Bench dispute and investigate into judges Nasarulla Ansari and Babita Uprety. The team includes Supreme Court Registrar Mahendranath Upadhyyay and Judicial Council official Kumar Khatiwada. Judges Ansari and Uprety have been accused of writing conflicting remarks in verdict and opinion book.
During the discussion with the apex court team, the agitating advocates demanded to transfer all seven High Court judges without further delay. Currently, Mohan Bahadur Karki, Ram Prasad Oli, Dr Sallauddhin Akhtar Siddiqui, Dayanath Kharel, Rakesh Kumar Nidhi, Nasrulla Ansari and Bbita Uprety are working as judges of Rajbiraj High Court.
Advocates have accused all judges of involving in bribery.