Thursday, August 24, 2006

CJ Poudel stresses for independence of Judiciary

Chief Justice Dilip Kumar Poudel has asked the government to secure the independence of the courts and the judges.

Speaking at a programme in the capital on Wednesday, Poudel said the State cannot be mindless when dealing with the judiciary and fixing salaries and perks of the judges.

He also called the government not to reduce salaries of the judges or change their service tenure already fixed by laws.

Poudel further said, “Judges should be allowed to be in service throughout the period determined by the law effective at the time of their appointment.”

"Judges are not merely independent for the institutional work. Nobody should interfere in their work," Poudel added.

Poudel also stressed the need for good relations between the bench and the bar to protect the independence of the judiciary.

Stating that democracy can prosper if there is an independent judiciary, the CJ warned that any act undermining the independence of judiciary is unacceptable.

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