House panel to grill suspended CJ Rana for the second day on Thursday

Published On: September 1, 2022 09:53 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Sept 1: The suspended Chief Justice Cholendra SJB Rana on Wednesday furnished his statement before the Impeachment Recommendation Committee of the federal parliament. Suspended CJ Rana will be quizzed on Thursday as well as the recording of his statement Wednesday could not be completed.

Lawmaker Lalbabu Pandit said, "The interrogation began with the accusation he was labeled. Questions and answers continued for four hours on corruption, use of brokers at SC and delayed justice delivery etc."

The Impeachment Recommendation Committee has prepared 43 questions to be put forth before the suspended CJ. Only four questions were dealt on Wednesday.

A lawmaker in the committee Min Bishwakarma said that it would take time for the interrogation and its conclusion.

Meanwhile, the suspended CJ Rana argued that he was not guilty but the allegations were made in a biased manner. Although the issue of impeachment could be settled within three months of the impeachment motion, it has just entered the parliament committee after six months.

Earlier, on August 24, the committee had decided to summon Rana for interrogation.

A total of 98 lawmakers had registered an impeachment motion against CJ Rana on February 13 early this year. Although the lawmaker had formed the impeachment recommendation committee, the committee held its first meeting just two weeks back.

The Nepal Bar Association and the Supreme Court Bar Association have submitted a 34-point letter to the committee to substantiate the impeachment motion. In the letter, the logic and reasons behind impeachment motion have been mentioned.

On Wednesday, the suspended CJ Rana had reached Singhadurbar at 10:45 AM while the committee meeting began at 11:00 AM.


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