Chief Justice Rana calls on legal practitioners for dialogues

The Chief Justice in a statement urged the people to unite against any attempt to derail the judiciary and called on legal practitioners for dialogues.

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Kathmandu: In the first formal remarks on a protest being staged demanding his resignation, Chef Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana on Monday called on legal practitioners for dialogues.

Issuing a statement, the Chief Justice said that unity of all was needed to end the obstruction at the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice in the statement urged the people to unite against any attempt to derail the judiciary and called on legal practitioners for dialogues.

Bar and bench should join hands to address questions raised in course of fulfilling a duty in favor of law and order, CJ Rana said in the statement.

“Nepal Bar Association and the Supreme Court Bar Association are an integral part of the judiciary. As dialogue is a suitable alternative to address the stalemate, I also call on the bodies for dialogues,” the statement said.

The Chief Justice in the statement also expressed sadness over the police intervention in the Supreme Court premises on Thursday.

In the statement, CJ Rana said that he was ready to take the lead in implementing the report of commissions formed by the judiciary at different times including the report of Justice Hari Krishna Karki.

The Nepal Bar Association, the umbrella organization of legal practitioners in Nepal, has been protesting against the Chief Justice for the past two weeks demanding his resignation.

The Chief Justice is under immense pressure to resign after allegations that he sought a share in the expansion of the Council of Ministers, which raised a question on the dignity of the judiciary.

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