JC mulls appellate court chief apptt

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jul 8, 2014-

The Judicial Council (JC) is mulling over filling the vacant posts of chief judges in the Appellate Courts across the country by the third week of July.

All the 16 positions of chief judges in the Appellate Courts are lying vacant after the incumbents either retired or were appointed as justices in the Supreme Court.

The Janakpur Appellate Court remains without its head after Chief Judge Durga Upreti retired on February 19. Likewise, Madhav Chalise, Hari Prasad Ghimire, Lokendra Mallik, Keshav Mainali and Jageshwor Subedi, who were chief judges of the Appellate Courts in Pokhara, Baglung, Tulsipur, Nepalgunj and Butwal respectively, have also retired from judicial service.

Meanwhile, the Appellate Courts in Hetauda and Dipayal are also without their heads after their Chief Judges — Baidya Nath Upadhyay and Dipak Raj Joshi — were appointed as Supreme Court judges.

Similarly, the posts of chief judges in Mahendranagar, Rajbiraj, Biratnagar, Ilam, and Jumla districts also remain vacant after their heads were either appointed as apex court judges or resigned from their posts citing various reasons.

Explaining the delay in the appointment of chief judges, JC officials maintained that it is not “appropriate” to make fresh appointments at this juncture as it is the end of the current fiscal year.

“Making new appointments at this point means disturbing the cycle of

case clearance,” said a JC member. “The Chief Justice is yet to table the proposal of chief judges’ appointment. But going by the past experiences, I am confident that hierarchy will not be broken in this case,” the member remarked. Among those being considered to fill the vacant positions of chief judges in the Appellate Courts are Balram Bista, Deepak Karki, Tej Bahadur KC, Kedar Chalise, Meera Khadka, Purshotam Bhandari, Surendra Bir Basnyat, Sambhu Khadka, Dilli Raj Poudel, Sarada Ghimire, Posh Nath Sharma, Bam Kumar Shrestha, Dambar Shahi, Ishwor Khatiwada and Anand Mohan Bhattarai.

Published: 09-07-2014 09:16

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