KATHMANDU: At a time when the Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi has been facing hard time to convince various political parties to take part in the elections, the lawyers body Nepal Bar Association has boycotted a function attended by Chief Justice Regmi.
Nepal Bar Association, an umbrella organization of legal practitioner across the country, on Thursday boycotted a function at the Supreme Court to mark the 62nd Law Day where Regmi was the chief guest.
“Regmi is one of the persons responsible for the breach of law and the constitution. That´s why we boycotted the program as a symbolic protest,” reports quoted NBA General Secretary Sunil Pokhrel as saying. NBA officials maintained that there is no relevance of marking the law day when there is no adherence to laws. However Officiating Chief Justice Damodar Prasad Sharma declined to comment on the issue.
Constitutional expert Bhimarjun Acharya warned that the bitterness between NBA and the chief justice may have negative repercussions for the country.
NBA has been maintaining that Regmi cannot hold both the posts as the chairman of the Interim Election Council and the chief justice, arguing this is against the judicial norms and the principles of separation of powers and constitutional checks and balances. Similarly NBA also expressed reservation over the recommendation of the Constitutional Council, which is also led by Regmi, to appoint former chief secretary Lokman Singh Karki as the chief of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA).
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