Discussion on forming panel to recommend impeachment starts

- Post Report, Kathmandu
There are constitutional provisions that call for an 11-member Parliament committee to recommend impeachment

Sep 27, 2016-The Legislature-Parliament has launched consultation regarding the formation of an impeachment recommendation committee, as envisaged by the constitution. 

Speaker Onsari Gharti on Monday held discussions with leaders of the major political parties with a view to expediting the process to form the impeachment recommendation committee as well as a constitution implementation committee and a conduct monitoring committee. 

Article 101 (3) of the Constitution of Nepal says: “There shall be an impeachment recommendation committee in the House of Representatives for the purpose of making recommendation after inquiring into whether there exist the ground and reason for moving a motion of impeachment against any person...”. Such a committee “shall have 11 members”, says Article 101 (4).

The start of consultation on forming the impeachment recommendation committee on Monday coincides with the ninth hunger strike by Dr Govinda KC who has been demanding impeachment of Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority chief Lokman Singh Karki. 

An impeachment process cannot be started in Parliament without a recommendation committee under the Legislature-Parliament.

According to Babin Sharma, press adviser to Speaker Gharti, members for the committee will be recommended on the basis of strength of the parties in Parliament. 

According to Article 101 (2) of the Constitution of Nepal, one fourth of the total number of the then members of the House of Representatives may move a motion of impeachment against the chief justice or Supreme Court judge, Judicial Council member and chief or official of a constitutional body on the ground of his or her failure to fulfil his or her duties of office because of serious violation of constitution and law, incompetence or misconduct or failure to discharge the duties of office honestly or serious violation of the code of conduct. 

“If the motion is passed by at least two thirds majority of the total number of the then members of the House of Representatives, the concerned person shall be relieved of his or her office,” it states.

Published: 27-09-2016 08:49

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