CJ-led govt proposal draws flak from lawyers, experts
KATHMANDU, Feb 11: The UCPN (Maoist) proposal to form a government under the sitting chief justice (CJ) drew flak from the constitutional experts and lawyers saying it is against the spirit of the Interim Constitution (Article 106).
Newly elected Nepal Bar Association (NBA) Chairman Hari Krishna Karki, senior advocates and members of the Interim Constitution draft committee—Shambhu Thapa and Harihar Dahal, NBA Vice-chairman Tikaram Bhattarai, NBA General Secretary Sunil Pokharel and constitutional expert Bhimarjun Acharya, issued a press statement today asking the parties not to make such a blunder.
“The appointment of the sitting chief justice as the prime minister will not only make us ashamed in global arena but also deride century-old ideology of separation of power, rule of law and fair judiciary,” the statement reads.
The move will further deepen legal crisis in the country and push the country to impunity and authoritarianism, the statement further adds.
The statement demanded that the parties halt such a move at the earliest and expressed its confidence that the unconstitutional move will not be approved by the president.
The lawyers have also asked the chief justice to express its deep concern over the issue.
Memo submitted to president
The lawyers and expert submitted a memorandum to President Ram Baran Yadav against the proposal of appointing the sitting CJ as the PM.