SC formed a nine member special bench to address the petition filed against Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi News
The special bench comprises Acting Chief Justice Damodar Sharma, and Justices Ram Kumar Prasad Shah, Girish Chandra Lal, Sushila Karki, Prakash Osti, Baidhyanath Upadhyay, Tarkaraj Bhatta, Gyanendra Bahadur Karki and Bharat Bahadur Karki.
Bharat Jangam had filed his petition on Feb. 17 and Aryal on Feb.26. A court hearing on the petition has been deffered many times.
Just as the lawyer began their arguments today, the bench sough advice of from lawyers whether to reschedule gthe hearing for another day so that the related issues could be addressed. Senior advocates Subas Chandra Nembang and Shambhu Thapa then supported the idea, and the hearing was rescheduled for July 4.
The petitioners, citing Article 106(1)- [“No chief justice or judge of the Supreme Court shall be engaged in or deputed to any assignment other than that of judge.”] of the Interim Constitution that bars judges from assuming non-judicial posts, have sought apex court intervention in Regmi’s deputation as chief executive and demanded mandamus order to axe Regmi as CJ.
The situation of forming of a bench with many members are rare in Nepal. The special bench are formed only fo the hearing of very very complicated issues.