KATHMANDU, June 23: In a meeting of the House of Representatives today, lawmaker Leela Devi Sitaula expressed her concern over an audio tape leaked to the media about the alleged involvement of people in the judiciary in a bribery scandal.
KATHMANDU, Dec 22: A meeting of the Judicial Service Commission called by Chief Justice Cholendra SJB Rana to deliberate on the publication of the results of the district courts’ written examination has been postponed.
When the judiciary, constitutional and regulatory bodies are turned into epicentres of corruption, run by nominees notorious for their malpractices or nominated through unconstitutional processes, there is nothing which makes us optimistic about a democratic polity.
KATHMANDU, Dec 3: Hearing on the cases at the Supreme Court (SC) has been affected after justices refused to hold the hearings despite the benches being fixed through the automation system. The automation system was introduced at the court on Wednesday, however, the hearings on the scheduled cases have not started.
KATHMANDU, Nov 21: Chief Justice (CJ) Cholendra SJB Rana today assigned benches to hear all types of cases including the habeas corpus ones. He has assigned hearings for 334 cases in ten benches (nine joint and one single). He has however not assigned a hearing for himself. despite the benches being fixed, the hearings have not started yet.
KATHMANDU, Nov 19: Chief Justice Cholendra SJB Rana has fixed ten benches for the hearing of all types of cases including cases of habeas corpus at the Supreme Court for today. Chief Justice Rana, however, has not scheduled a bench for himself.
KATHMANDU, Nov 14: Senior Advocate Badri Bahadur Karki said they will be forced to bar Chief Justice Cholendra SJB Rana from touching the chair of Chief Justice if Rana fails to resign without further delay.
KATHMANDU, Nov 12: Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JBR has scheduled hearings for all types of cases including the habeas corpus cases for Friday. Out of the eight benches assigned for the hearing, seven are joint benches and one is single bench.
KATHMANDU, Nov 12: A minor scuffle ensued between between two groups lawyers outside the Supreme Court on Friday morning as the agitating lawyers tried to stop Chief Justice Cholendra SJB Rana from entering the Supreme Court.
KATHMANDU, Nov 9: Justices of the Supreme Court (SC) have once again refused to hear any of the cases scheduled for today by Chief Justice Cholendra SJB Rana. The chief justice had constituted nine benches to hear different cases on Tuesday. Among them, eight are joint benches while one is the chief justice’s single bench.
BIRATNAGAR, Oct 31: Minister for Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation, Sashi Shrestha has stressed the need for restructuring the judiciary. Speaking with media persons at Biratnagar on Sunday, Shrestha said that there is a need to restructure the organs of the state including the judiciary.
KATHMANDU, Oct 28: People from various walks of life staged a demonstration at Maitighar Mandala in the capital on Thursday, demanding an end to all kinds of interventions in the independent judiciary.
KATHMANDU, Oct 27: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, who is also the president of the ruling Nepali Congress(NC), has refused to make any comments on the ongoing controversy surrounding Chief Justice Cholendra SJB Rana.
“Fair and objective criticism of judicial decision will instill accountability and greater discipline in decision making. If no one is allowed to judge judges, there could be lawless courts and irresponsible judging. But criticism of judgments should not lead to the denigration of judges.” This is the statement from former Chief Justice and Attorney General of Singapore Chan Sek Keong, where he has acknowledged the importance of fair and objective criticism of the courts.
KATHMANDU, July 19: As the number of cases registered at the Supreme Court keeps increasing, officials in the judiciary and the government are mulling a doubling of the number of justices at the apex court.
KATHMANDU, July 17: The fourth Five-Year Strategic Plan being implemented in the judiciary from Wednesday has set a goal of settling all three-year-old writ petitions within the first year of its implementation.
KATHMANDU, April 6: When he took office in January, Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JB Rana had set out three main priorities for his four-year tenure; ensuring good governance, reaffirming the independence of the judiciary and restoring the judicial credibility. Despite his questionable career, Rana’s vision for the judiciary and his resoluteness to restore judicial credibility was received amid high optimism. Even his fiercest critics had given him the benefit of the doubt.
KATHMANDU, March 10: The government has decided to provide allowances to the staffers at the parliament secretariat, judiciary and various offices under the Ministry of Finance up to 50 percent of their salaries.