Thursday, September 22, 2005

Help develop independent judiciary-CJ

Kathmandu, Sept 22: Chief Justice Dilip Kumar Paudel said on Wednesday that justices should work for the development of independent and competent judiciary as per the norms and values of the Constitution.

The Nepalese judicial system could not be separated from the new and innovative thoughts and concepts that have emerged in the 21st century, he said at an interaction programme on ‘Judicial Review: Provisions and Challenges’ organised by the Judicial Council today.

The acts and behaviour of the judiciary generate the confidence and faith of the people on the judiciary, he said. Paudel also said that the Court, on one hand, had the responsibility of deciding on constitutional issues and on the other, it had the challenges of developing infrastructure, human resources and settle the overwhelming number of cases in the courts.

The Supreme Court has been playing the important role of maintaining the supremacy of the Constitution and guaranteeing the fundamental rights of the citizens, he said.

Justice Min Bahadur Rayamajhi said that human rights, rule of law and democracy were the way of life in the 21st century and nation could not get progress by ignoring these fundamental values.

“We should observe the fact whether the petitioners are subjected to unrecoverable losses while issuing interim orders, ” he said. Secretary at the Judicial Council Kashi Raj Dahal said that the judiciary should remain vigilant in protecting human rights and maintaining rule of law.

Other participants at the programme included justices Kedar Prasad Giri, Ramnagina Singh, Anup Raj Sharma, Khil Raj Regmi and member of the Council Bhairab Prasad Lamsal.

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