Nepal's Supreme Court Chief Justice Rana refuses to step down

Nepals Supreme Court Chief Justice Rana refuses to step down

Kathmandu: Nepal Supreme Court Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana has refused to resign from his post amidst allegations that he helped his brother-in-law secure a berth in the Sher Bahadur Deuba-led Cabinet, triggering an unusual judicial crisis.

A section of the Supreme Court justices has demanded Chief Justice Rana's resignation while some lawyers have decided to boycott the apex court.

During a meeting with 15 apex court justices on Tuesday, Rana said that he is not going to step down just because voices were raised in the streets and in the media for him to quit the top post.

"Rana told the justices that he would rather face the constitutional procedure but won't quit the post," Supreme Court spokesperson Baburam Dahal told PTI.

"I will not step down under any pressure but follow legal procedure if needed," Rana was quoted as saying by Dahal.

A section of lawyers has decided to boycott the Supreme Court while justices are busy holding meetings, affecting hearings, just as there are thousands of cases pending.

The Nepal Bar Association has also warned to stage nationwide protests if Rana did not resign voluntarily.

Supreme Court Spokesperson Dahal, however, said that some justices have started returning to their normal work from Wednesday.

According to the constitutional provision, 25 per cent of the lawmakers in the House of Representatives can file an impeachment motion against the Chief Justice and it requires a two-third majority vote to endorse the impeachment motion leading to the removal of the Chief Justice.

Rana faces accusation of entering an implied quid pro quo deal with the executive by seeking to induct his brother-in-law in the Cabinet led by Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba as a reward for invalidating the move of former prime minister K P Sharma Oli's government to dissolve Parliament twice.

However, Rana has rejected the charges labelled against him by the Nepal Bar Association and some of the Supreme Court


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