Sunday, October 07, 2007

Giri takes the oath of office as new CJ
The newly appointed Chief Justice Kedar Prasad Giri took the oath of office Sunday afternoon.
Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, as head of the Constitutional Council (CC), appointed Giri the Chief Justice of Nepal on Friday. Giri was serving as acting Chief Justice of Nepal.The PM administered the oath of office to Giri at the conference hall of the National Planning Commission this afternoon.
However, the parliamentary Hearings Special Committee was divided over Giri’s name, with the Nepali Congress in favour of Giri’s appointment as CJ and the CPN-UML, CPN-M and other left parties standing against.
The PM took the decision to this effect without calling a meeting of the CC, though confirmation hearings in parliament on September 11 had failed to clear Giri.
The post of Chief Justice was lying vacant since September 8 after the then Chief Justice Dilip Kumar Paudel retired.

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