Chief justice appointment in limbo as NC boycotts PHSC meet

Published On: August 3, 2018 02:07 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Aug 3: Members of Nepali Congress have boycotted the meeting of the Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee over the chief justice appointment row.

It appears that the ruling Nepal Communist Party is in a mood to sort out the issue through voting. Of the total 15-member PHSC, ruling NCP has nine nine members, NC has four and Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) and Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) have one each. FSFN is in the government. If the voting goes, Acting Cheif Jusitce Deepak Raj Joshee's nomination will be rejected by majority of votes. 

Earlier, the meeting was postponed for 15 minutes after the main opposition asked for additional time to discuss the chief justice appointment in their party.

The meeting was called for 10:30 am today but it was delayed by an hour. Even though PHSC meetings were held earlier for several times  to endorse the name of Joshee for the Chief Justice, they could not strike deal over differences between the ruling party and the main opposition Nepali Congress.

The meeting has been in Hamletian dilemma whether to endorse or reject the name of Joshee as the Chief Justice of Supreme Court after his credentials courted controversy.

The legal proceedings of the Supreme Court have been affected due to delay in the parliamentary hearing for Joshee.

On June 12, the Constitutional Council had recommended Joshee as the new chief justice.

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