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Hearing for new chief justice

  • House panel okays Regmi nomination


The Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee has unanimously endorsed the nomination of Khil Raj Regmi as the next chief justice of the Supreme Court. President Dr Ram Baran Yadav will now appoint him to the coveted post effective from next week.

Regmi, 62, will replace incumbent Chief Justice Ram Prasad Shrestha, who retires on May 5. Regmi will be the first CJ to serve more than three years ever since the Constituent Assembly elections.

Appearing before the parliamentary hearing committee on Thursday, Regmi said upholding judicial independence, ending delay in justice delivery and making justice accessible to minority groups are his priorities as the chief justice. Arguing that he was “involved in crucial decisions” taken by outgoing CJ Shrestha, Regmi reiterated he would boldly carry on the legacy.

“I will not compromise in justice delivery. Rather than talking, I want to prove myself with action,” he said, adding, the apex court would expedite decisions on corruption cases that have been pending for the last three years.

High profile corruption cases relating to former ministers Govinda Raj Joshi, Jaya Prakash Prasad Gupta, late Rabindra Nath Sharma and Khum Bahadur Khadka are in priority. “These cases are moving as per the procedure. I will give continuity to them without bias,” Regmi to the committee.

He stressed he would be effortful to make judiciary accountable, equipping it with technical and human resources over the next three years. Clearance of long pending cases, digital networking of courts across the country and creating paper-free zones would be some of his specific goals. During the two-hour hearing held at the parliament secretariat, lawmakers sought Regmi’s opinion on the judicial model that should be introduced in the new constitution. He responded that the Supreme Court will abide by the decisions taken by political actors.

He asked lawmakers to be mindful that fundamental universal principles are not ignored and parallel power centres are not established while determining the judicial model in the new constitution.

Posted on: 2011-04-29 09:04