KATHMANDU, Nov 9: Supreme Court judges have even boycotted a joint bench with Chief Justice Cholendra Shamsher JB Rana.
The judges have reiterated their stance not to hear cases other than habeas corpus and not to sit in court with SJB Rana. Due to the stand of the Chief Justice and the judges themselves, the dispute of the judiciary is getting stretched. The controversy escalated after Chief Justice Rana signaled that he would not resign immediately. Judges who have been demanding the resignation of Chief Justice Rana have not sat in the hearing of cases other than habeas corpus.
The judges are of the view that there is no alternative for the Chief Justice who sought his share in the government, to resign. Due to the stand of the Chief Justice and the judges themselves, the hearing from before the festivals has been affected. On Monday, the first day the court opened after the end of the Tihar holiday, Chief Justice JB Rana had scheduled a session including himself.
He had fixed the bench only on the writ petition related to habeas corpus. He had appointed a joint bench of himself and Justice Kumar Chudal. But after Chudal refused, the session could not be held. Justice Chudal heard the case in his single bench. A total of five sessions were scheduled for Monday.
A meeting of the judges was also held on Monday. In the meeting, the stand of not hearing cases in the same bench with the Chief Justice was reiterated. "We are taking our stand, "said a justice,"We agreed to start hearing only after the Chief Justice proposes dignified resignation.”
“The Chief Justice's proposal for a dignified exit has not yet come to a clear conclusion. When will he leave? How will he quit? Nothing is clear,” said the judge.
It is said that the Chief Justice has demanded to work for the reform of the judiciary while proposing a dignified exit. Other judges, however, disagreed, saying it was wrong to ask for time to reform the judiciary.