PAPAD stages protest demanding resignation Chief Justice Rana

Published On: November 26, 2021 12:16 PM NPT By: Republica

KATHMANDU, Nov 26: The Professional Alliance for Peace and Democracy (PAPAD) staged a march protest, demanding the resignation of Chief Justice Cholendra SJB Rana on Thursday. The march protest was attended by members of the Nepal Bar Association, the Federation of Nepali Journalists, Nepal Teachers Association, Nepal Engineering Association, Nepal Public Health Association, Nepal Nursing Association, Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities, and senior citizens. 

The protesters shouted slogans like ‘stop buying and selling justice’ and 'Investigate the chief justice’s personal assets’ among others. PAPAD has urged the political parties to immediately start the process of impeachment against Chief Justice Rana and to investigate his assets. 

The protestors have criticized the political parties for being silent even when the justices have boycotted the court hearings. The Nepal Bar Association has warned of continuing their protests unless the chief justice resigns. Although the justices have refused to hear any of the cases fixed by the chief justice except for the cases related to habeas corpus from October 24, a full-court meeting on Thursday decided to fix the benches of the court through the lottery system.

NBA Office Bearers hold meeting with  PM Deuba

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has called officials of the Nepal Bar Association for a meeting at his official residence in Baluwatar on Friday. “Officials of Nepal Bar Association had requested the PM’s time to hold a discussion,” Chief Personal Secretary Bhanu Deuba said. 

Officials of the Nepal Bar Association have prepared a letter of memorandum to hand over to PM Deuba as well as to hold a discussion on the current issue of the judiciary. 

“We request the PM to appoint Hari Krishna Karki as the new leader,” General Secretary Lila Mani Poudel of Nepal Bar Association said. “We will inform the PM about the issue seen in the judiciary as well as the ongoing protests,” he said. 

Poudel also said that the PM will be informed about the NBA’s demand to remove Chief Justice Cholendra SJB Rana from his post.

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