On Sunday, a month after 98 legislators lodged an impeachment move against Nepal’s Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JB Rana in the House of Representatives, the proposal was tabled in parliament for further consideration.
The motion was introduced in the House of Representatives (HoR) by Dev Gurung, a politician from the CPN (Maoist Center), despite objections from the major opposition CPN-UML.
Gurung offered a 20-point impeachment resolution that has the support of 95 legislators.
Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota gave Gurung time in the House of Representatives to deliver the impeachment petition. The meeting of the House of Representatives was postponed till March 16 after the motion was presented.
On February 13, 98 Nepali Congress, Maoist Centre, and CPN (Unified Socialist) MPs signed a resolution accusing Rana of corruption and citing his failure to manage the Supreme Court smoothly.
While filing the impeachment motion, Gurung accused Rana of being unfit and unable of carrying out his duties as chief justice, claiming that he couldn’t preserve transparency while reserving benches and deciding on the cause list.
According to the Kathmandu Post, Gurung said that Rana acted unprofessionally by refusing to take a leave even after being hospitalised after notifying Covid-19.
Rana was admitted to the Armed Police Force Hospital in Balambu, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, in the final week of November for treatment of Covid-19. He, on the other hand, did not take a leave of absence, according to the article.
Gurung further said that the fact that judges and lawyers have boycotted him demonstrates that he is unable to manage the court.
Speaker Sapkota said that deliberations on the motion will begin at the lower house’s next meeting on Wednesday.
On March 6, Parliament established an 11-member research group to investigate Rana’s claims.
The ruling coalition partners who submitted the impeachment resolution against Rana, on the other hand, do not have enough votes to support it.
The resolution against Rana must be approved by two-thirds of the House members. Given the House’s current strength of 271, a total of 181 votes may be necessary.
To approve the impeachment move against Rana, the UML, which has 97 members in the House of Representatives, must vote in favour of the proposal.
Post By – Manbir Singh