For the first time in Nepal, a woman gets recommended as an amicus curiae
January 5, 2021 01:47 PM NPT
Senior Advocate Geeta Pathak.
KATHMANDU, Jan 5: The Supreme Court Bar Association has recommended the name of senior advocate Geeta Pathak as an amicus curiae with an objective of making the bench inclusive before beginning the hearing on the over a dozen writ petitions filed against the dissolution of House of Representatives.
A working committee meeting of the Supreme Court Bar held on Monday recommended Pathak’s name for the same, said Vice-Chairperson of the Bar, Raju Khadka. The Supreme Court Bar on Friday recommended the names of incumbent president of Bar, senior advocate Khagendra Prasad Adhikari, and recently elected president, senior advocate Purna Man Shakya, for the same. Pathak was recommended for the same as Bar president Adhikari is in isolation after being infected with the coronavirus.
The Supreme Court had issued an order to appoint two senior advocates from the Supreme Court Bar for amicus curiae to decide the HoR dissolution case. However, Nepal Bar Association on Thursday recommended senior advocates Badri Bahadur Karki, Satish Krishna Kharel and Bijay Kant Mainali to the amicus curiae.
Written responses of the President, Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers and Speaker of HoR have already been submitted as per the order of the Supreme Court. The SC is conducting the hearing on the case from January 6.