Rana appointed CJ
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.