CPN preparing to impeach Justice Joshi
Lawmakers of the ruling Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) are now collecting signatures of its lawmakers to register an impeachment motion against Supreme Court Justice Deepak Raj Joshi who has resumed duty as Supreme Court (SC) justice after being rejected for the post of Chief Justice by the Parliament Hearing Special Committee Sources said the party started collecting signatures last Thursday from the Parliament House, New Baneshwore and its parliamentary party office Singha Durbar. However, in a week after the party started collecting the signature, no impeachment motion was registered against Joshi. Many analysts have termed the signature campaign as a ploy to compel Joshi to tender resignation. The Nepali Congress leaders have strongly opposed the preparations being made to impeach Joshi.
NC lawmaker Radheshyam Adhikari told the CPN not to repeat the mistake that his party committed by registering an impeachment motion against former Chief Justice Sushila Karki last year. Many argued that the impeachment motion registered against Karki was a main reason for the humiliating defeat of NC in elections. Joshi was rejected by the PHSC on August 3 on the basis of a two-third majority. The CPN had expected Joshi to resign after being rejected by its lawmakers, but Joshi stayed on leave in the beginning and later resumed his office. He welcomed newly appointed Chief Justice Om Prakash Mishra to the Apex Court as the senior most justice when the latter reached the SC to assume office on September 10. Joshi returned to SC and resumed his job as a Justice on September 13. But the CPN that enjoys almost a two-third majority in the parliament has taken return of Joshi as defiance of its power. Joshi is now the senior most justice in the SC. The senior most justice serves as a member of the Judicial Council that recommends justices and investigates complaints against them, and the constitutional bench. CPN is feeling uneasy to have Joshi in the Judicial Council.