Hearings for 11 justice nominees begin

Published On: July 28, 2016 01:10 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, July 28: The Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee (PHSC) has begun the hearings of 11 individuals recommended for the position of justice at the Supreme Court.

The PHSC conducted hearings of Deep Kumar Karki, Kedar Prasad Chalise, Sharada Prasad Ghimire, Mira Khadka, Hari Krishna Karki and Bishwambhar Prasad Shrestha on Wednesday while the committee is scheduled to conduct hearings of Ishwar Khatiwada, Aananda Mohan Bhattarai, Prakash Raut, Anil Sinha and Sapana Pradhan Malla on Thursday.

According to PHSC Chairman Kul Bahadur Gurung, the endorsement process will start after the hearings all the 11 recommended individuals.
Among those recommended, Karki, Raut, Sinha and Malla are senior advocates while the rest are career judges serving now as chief judges at various appellate courts.

The Judicial Council had recommended the 11 names on March 1 but the hearings were not possible for almost five months in the absence of parliamentary regulations.

During the hearings on Wednesday, parliamentarians grilled Karki the most. Karki, who is immediate past chairman of Nepal Bar Association, had served as attorney general just ahead of the recommendation.

The parliamentarians asked him about his political affiliation with the CPN-UML since he had won the NBA election representing a group of lawyers affiliated to the party and was appointed attorney general by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.

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