Supreme Court Justices boycott all benches

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Kathmandu: Justices at the Supreme Court (SC) boycotted benches on Friday as well demanding the resignation of Chief Justice (CJ) Cholendra Shumsher Rana.

CJ had assigned a hearing for all types of cases including the habeas corpus cases for today. Out of the eight benches assigned for the hearing, seven were division benches and one was a single bench.

The Supreme Court Justices have been refusing to conduct the hearing since October 24, calling for Chief Justice JBR’s resignation after allegations that he sought a share in the expansion of the Council of Ministers and this has raised a question on the dignity of the judiciary.

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Hearing into cases has not taken place in the Supreme Court from October 25 onwards. The hearing has been held only on cases related to habeas corpus in between. Hearing into cases has been stalled in the apex court and the service-seekers have been facing inconvenience due to this.

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