President Bidya Devi Bhandari (seated, center), Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun (seated, third from left), Speaker Krishna Mahara (third from right), Acting Chief Justice Deepak Raj Joshi (second from left) and Law Minister Sher Bahadur Tamang (second from right) among others attending the Law Day Function at Supreme court Kathmandu on Wednesday. Photo: Dinesh Gole
KATHMANDU, May 10: Nepal's legal fraternity marked Law Day on Wednesday by organizing various functions.
The Supreme Court organized a function on the court premises where President Bidya Bhandari, Vice-president Nanda Bahadur Pun, Speaker of House of Representatives Krishna Bahadur Mahara, Minister for Jaw, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs and chiefs of various constitutional bodies, representatives of diplomatic missions were present.
Acting Chief Justice Deepak Raj Joshee addressing the function urged the government to allocate at least one per cent of the annual budget for the judiciary so as to ensure judicial independence.
"For the last few years, judiciary has been urging the government to allocate at least one per cent of total annual budget so that judiciary can work autonomously," Joshee said adding, "However, this demand has not been addressed yet."
Acting CJ Joshee also asked the government to provide additional human resource to the judiciary to handle the increasing workload.
"We have implemented new criminal code and civil code therefore we will need sufficient manpower," he added.
Meanwhile, President Bidya Bhandari felicitated former chief justices Anirudra Prasad Singh, Nayan Bahadur Khatri, Surendra Prasad Singh, Om Bhakta Shrestha, Mohan Prasad Sharma, Keshav Prasad Upadhayay and Kedar Nath Upadhayay on the occasion.
Likewise, Nepal Bar Association chapters also organized separate functions to mark the day.