CPN pre­par­ing to im­peach Jus­tice Joshi

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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.

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