Middlemen will be booked under contempt of court: Chief Justice

Published On: January 20, 2019 07:45 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Jan 20: Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana has asserted that preparations were being made to bring to book those tarnishing the image of the court under the contempt of court. 

At a meeting held with the Constitutional and Legal Journalists Forum’s team here today, Chief Justice Rana said that Act would be amended through the full meeting of Supreme Court and s/he who maligns the image of the courts would be booked under the contempt of court. 

The newly appointed Chief Justice explained, “Middlemen have found their foothold in every corners, tables and benches. We should get rid of them from bureaucracy and other process. He/she delivering justice in bribes and tarnishing images shall be booked.” 

According to him, five judges from Biratnagar High Court were brought to the Judicial Council for further study as a report submitted by the study team pointed flaws in their performance. 

Five judges from Biratnagar High Court were deputed in the Judicial Council on January 18 on the grounds of their unsatisfactory performance in regard to 33 kg gold scam. 

Asked about Senior Justice Deepak Raj Joshee, the Chief Justice remarked, “What are the contributions to be made by a senior justice to a judicial body? Instead of giving back to the institution, he is expecting from it. Issue lies here but none can stop anyone from enjoying the rights ensured by the constitution.” 

As for the concerns voiced the Nepal Bar Association over Joshee’s issue, the Chief Justice clarified that the Supreme Court and Association’s concerns were the same and both contenders' duty was to dispense justice. 

On the occasion, Forum’s President Leeladhar Upadhyay demanded that the information of the judiciary to be made accessible to one and all. He also demanded prompt dissemination of information from the judiciary. RSS

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