Officiating CJ reminds new judges of their ethics

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Officiating CJ reminds new judges of their ethics

Jun 17, 2013-

Officiating Chief Justice Damodar Sharma said on Monday that he was concerned by the media reports on some of the newly-appointed judges’ meeting with party leaders.

Sharma was addressing a gathering organised by the Judicial Council for the newly inducted judges in appellate and district courts. “If things reported in the media are true, then that could generate controversy,” said Sharma. A national daily on Monday reported that some 10 newly inducted judges had met the CPN-UML leadership

that had proposed their names. Making sarcastic remarks, Officiating CJ Sharma said that while the incident may have come as a bombshell to those involved, it is certainly a lesson for others.

Nepal Bar Association Chairman Hari Krishna Karki urged judges to maintain integrity. He remarked that while it is possible that an individual has inclination towards a party in a multi-party system that should not be reflected in their judgeship. “If that happens, every decision taken will be questioned,” said Karki.

In another context, Officiating CJ Sharma argued that the Supreme Court could see fewer cases if the government did its job properly. He lamented that with every change of guard, various positions are changed. And it is challenged in court. “Either we should have a system where all the appointments of previous governments are cancelled, or else there should be stability.”

Published: 18-06-2013 09:26

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