Feb. 28, Kathmandu: The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the registration of a contempt of court petition filed against Chief Justice.
Advocate Sunil Ranjan Singh had filed the contempt of court petition against the Chief Justice Khilraj Regmi, reasoning a press release issued under the direction of the CJ on Monday violated the Justices’ Code of Conduct. The press release had mentioned that the CJ was positive to give constitutional and political outlet to the country.
Rejecting the registration of the petition, Co-Registrar Nahakul Subedi said, ‘Although the press release issued by the SC on Monday had made it clear that the CJ would fully respect the judiciary and the judicial decision, the petitioner used the fabricated point that the CJ was ready to be the chief of the executive. With this the petition intends to besmirch the image of the court and the CJ, and therefore gets itself rejected for registration.’
However, advocate Singh said another application would be filed against the rejection of the registration of the petition on Friday. Meanwhile, the legal practitioners are divided on whether the CJ should lead the election government.
Speaking at an interaction organized in the capital on Thursday, advocate Sher Bahadur KC said the constitution could be amended only by the parliament or the revolution.Constitution expert Dr Bhimarjun Acharya said hundreds of option in the constitution could be adopted for changing government leadership but giving government leadership to the CJ was a ploy to create further disorder.
Similarly, Vice-Chairman of Nepal Bar Association, Tikaram Bhattarai, said the post of the CJ was not like that of a police, army and civil servant. The CJ can not plead on the anti-government cases in the court after returning from the government, he added.RSS