Sunday, September 09, 2007

House probe panel meet on CJ-designate ends inconclusively
A meeting of the parliamentary panel formed to probe complaints filed against Chief Justice-designate Kedar Prasad Giri has ended inconclusively Sunday morning.
The nine-member panel was formed after more than a dozen complaints were registered at the parliamentary hearing committee against Giri.
At this juncture, Nepal has no Chief Justice. The last Chief Justice Dilip Kumar Poudel retired from his post on Friday after servicing for about two and a half years.
On August 30, a meeting of the Constitutional Council chaired by the Prime Minister had recommended Supreme Court Justice Giri to succeed Poudel.
Though the panel formed by the parliamentary Special Hearing Committee to probe complaints filed against Giri was expected to arrive at a decision on Friday itself, it could not do so after the lawmakers remained divided over his name. The meeting was then adjourned.
Most individuals have raised serious moral questions against Giri, saying he had failed to maintain professional ethics in his long judicial career.
Some of them have also reminded the parliamentarians about a controversial verdict related to financial embezzlement in Mahalaxmi Sugar Mill.
Later, as some commercial banks filed complaints against Giri in the parliament, the Public Accounts Committee had also discussed whether the House should impeach Giri.
A meeting of the parliamentary hearing committee is due to take up Giri’s case later today.
At present, there are five Supreme Court Justices eligible for the post of the Chief Justice.They are Kedar Prasad Giri (senior most), Min Bahadur Rayamajhi, Anup Raj Sharma, Ram Prasad Shrestha and Khil Raj Regmi.

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