Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana has shifted three Special Court judges to two distinct high courts in a move that is viewed as section of his act against “controversial” judges.
Judges Ratna Bahadur Bagchand and Chandi Raj Dhakal are generally shifted to Jumla even while Narayan Prasad Pokhrel have been sent to Rajbiraj.
The transfer decision, taken on Sunday, but, is yet to be approved by the Judicial Council.
“The Judicial Council is yet to talk about the shifts of the judges,” Law Minister Bhanubhakta Dhakal, also a member of the Judicial Council, informed the Post. “The council needs to endorse the transfer decisions.”
Pushpa Raj Pandey, spokesperson for the Special Court, affirmed the transfers.
“The chief justice has deputed three judges of the Special Court to two different courts,” Pandey claimed.
In accordance with an associate of the Judicial Council, the judges were shifted following issues against them.
Sources at the Judicial Council stated that these judges had met with the mediators and maintained contacts with the parties in the cases.
Since assuming office, Chief Justice Rana, who also chiefs the Judicial Council, has vowed to effect reforms in the judiciary.
Previously, Rana had recalled nine judges from the Biratnagar High Court to the Judicial Council.
On January 21, the Judicial Council made a decision to remember Kul Ratna Bhurtel, chief judge of the Biratnagar High Court, to their secretariat , as a part of action against him for his role in releasing the suspects of a gold smuggling case on bail.