Saturday, February 25, 2006

NBA boycott CJ and ad hoc judge

Kathmandu, February 25- The Nepal Bar Association on Friday said the Supreme Court had issued a verdict in the RCCC case favouring the rights of people. Hence, the King should be ready to resolve the political and constitutional crises in the country.

"The verdict is praiseworthy, everyone should respect it," NBA president Shambhu Thapa said on Friday . He was speaking at a press conference organised by the lawyers' body to announce its four-day convention beginning March 1 to mark the NBA's golden jubilee. He also said the NBA this time did not demand any support from the government to hold the convention where about 3,000 lawyers will participate.

"We always sought support from the government in the past. But, this time we did not as it is trampling on the rights of the people," he added.Thapa also said the NBA this time did not invite the Chief Justice Dilip Kumar Paudel or ad hoc judge Pawan Kumar Ojha to be the chief guest at the convention of the lawyers' body, thus breaking precedent. "We have, however, invited other judges," Thapa added.

"We will present our demand to the King, asking him to resolve the crisis in the country," NBA general secretary Madhav Banskota said. The NBA also intends to set up a welfare fund aimed at supporting lawyers.

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