Thursday, December 27, 2007

Judge Pawan Ojha retires

Ad hoc Supreme Court judge Pawan Kumar Ojha has retired from office on Thursday after the Judicial Council did not make his position permanent Kantipur Reports .
A meeting of the Council held today, however, gave permanent status to two other ad hoc judges- Rajendra Prasad Koirala and Tahir Ali Ansari-
though they were also retiring today, according to our correspondent Kiran Chapagain.
The move is seen as the council’s decision to punish justice Ojha, who has a history of supporting the royal regime.
Ojha was inducted as the Attorney General of the country following the royal takeover.
Chief Justice Kedar Prasad Giri chairs the Council.
The Judicial Council decision comes at a time when parliament was insisting that ad hoc judges should face parliamentary hearings for confirmation.
The Judicial Council members were also debating the pros and cons of the constitutional provision that requires judges of the Supreme Court to be approved by parliament before their appointment.
Some members have argued that even ad hoc judges should face the parliament while some others have opposed the idea.

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