January 22, 2017 12:44 PM NPT
By: Durga Dulal
KATHMANDU, Jan 22: Protesting against the recent appointment of judges at the high courts, government attorneys have decided to boycott court proceedings from Sunday. Government attorneys and trade unions at offices under the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) have decided not to participate in court proceedings including hearings across the country from Sunday.
Claiming that the recent appointment of high court judges was not free and fair, the government attorneys and the trade unions last Friday had decided to not cooperate with the courts across the country “if the decision is not corrected.” Today, they have implemented their decision.
Spokesperson for the OAG joint attorney Rajan Prasad Bhattarai said Chief Justice Sushila Karki and Law Minister Ajay Shankar Nayak had been informed about the protest programs in writing.
“Our agitation will continue and we will not cooperate with the courts as long as the decision to appoint high court judges is not corrected. We will furher intensify our protests, if needed,” he told Republica Online.
On January 13 the Judicial Council appointed as many as 80 judges at the high courts.
In the Judicial Council, which is chaired by Chief Justice Sushila Karki, Justices Vaidyanath Upadhyaya, Ram Prasad Sitaula, Padam Prasad Baidik and Law Minister Ajaya Shankar are members.
Those appointed as high court judges are 37 from district judges, 27 from Nepal Bar Association and 16 from joint secretaries and secretaries (working under law, justice and district attorney groups).