Rana ap­pointed CJ

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The Par­lia­men­tary Hear­ing Com­mit­tee (PHC) of the Fed­eral Par­lia­ment unan­i­mously ap­proved the name of se­nior most jus­tice Cholen­dra SJB Rana for the post of the new Chief Jus­tice of Nepal on Tues­day.

Fol­low­ing the hear­ing process car­ried out on Sun­day and Tues­day, the par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee ap­proved his name for the top ju­di­cial post.

He was ad­min­is­tered the oath of of­fice and se­crecy on Wed­nes­day be­fore as­sum­ing his of­fice. He will serve as CJ for four years, the long­est term in re­cent years.

In­cum­bent Chief Jus­tice Om Prakash Mishra re­tired from the post on Tues­day due to age bar.

The Con­sti­tu­tional Coun­cil headed by Prime Min­is­ter KP Sharma Oli had rec­om­mended him as CJ a few days back.

Born on De­cem­ber 13, 1957, Rana was ap­pointed as an ap­pel­late court judge in April, 1996 and a Supreme Court jus­tice on May 26, 2014.

Jus­tice Cholen­dra Shamsher had be­come per­ma­nent jus­tice of the Supreme Court in 2071 BS. Be­fore that he had served as the judge at dif­fer­ent ap­pel­late courts.

Dur­ing the hear­ing process, Rana faced tough ques­tions from the com­mit­tee mem­bers. He was asked why he boy­cotted the bench and his in­volve­ment in a num­ber of con­tro­ver­sial ver­dicts. Rana had once term the mar­riage game of card as aca­demic ac­tiv­i­ties, and he faced ques­tion on the ver­dict.

He re­sponded to the ques­tions and queries put forth by the com­mit­tee mem­bers, deny­ing his in­volve­ment in any cor­rupt ac­tiv­i­ties.

Dur­ing the two-day hear­ing, al­to­gether 10 com­mit­tee mem­bers, had asked ques­tions to Rana on his work plan and the com­plaints reg­is­tered against him.

Re­spond­ing to the com­mit­tee mem­bers, Rana pledged that he would work as CJ ac­cord­ing to his work plan.

On the first day of the hear­ing, Rana had pre­sented his work plan that he is sup­posed to ex­e­cute af­ter be­com­ing CJ. His work plan in­cluded 10 points. Ac­cord­ing his con­cept pa­per, he would im­prove the level of ju­di­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity and good gov­er­nance, peo­ple’s ac­cess to jus­tice, trust of the cit­i­zens in the ju­di­ciary case man­age­ment and jus­tice de­liv­ery.

He also said that he would work to curb cor­rup­tion.

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