Nepal Bar Association announces nationwide protest against CJ Rana

Earlier, NBA gave an ultimatum till Wednesday for Chief Justice Rana to resign. (File photo)

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Kathmandu: The Nepal Bar Association on Saturday announced a nationwide protest against Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana.

A meeting of the association on Friday decided to protest against Rana across the country until he puts in papers.

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.

Earlier this week, Chief Justice Rana 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.