Advocates at protest.
KATHMANDU: Law practitioners who have been protesting seeking judicial reform and the resignation of Chief Justice Cholendra Shamsher Rana have warned that the silence of political parties against the irregularities in the judiciary would be fatal.
The Nepal Bar Association (NBA), an umbrella organization of legal practitioners, has started agitation demanding the resignation of Chief Justice Rana, accusing him of seeking share in political appointments and in the executive.
Lawyers who have been protesting with black bandages on their hands since Sunday have expressed outrage over the silence of party leaders on Monday.
Senior advocate Badri Bahadur Karki said that they had to fight for the reform of the judiciary without any personal interest in the movement.
“Our protest is not the Chief Justice in person, it’s against the irregularities in the judiciary,” he said, “It is unfortunate the major political parties have kept a mum in such hour.”
Senior advocate Shatish Krishna Kharel also criticized the political parties for their silence in this issue of judicial reform.
“Sadly, the political parties could not speak,” he said, warning, “They have to pay the price for it.”
Advocate of the High Court Bar Association Ram Chandra Simkhada stressed on the need to end the corruption in the court.
“NBA is waging a protest to end the perversion and inconsistency within the court,” he said, adding, “The protest will continue till corruption and irregularities prevail in the court.”
He sought resignation of Chief Justice Rana for his failure to end corruption in the court.
“Rather than playing his part to end corruption and irregularities, Chief Justice Rana got involved in seeking power sharing in executive,” advocate Simkhada said, “The protest will continue till he resigns.”