The Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee on Sunday unanimously endorsed acting Chief Justice Gopal Prasad Parajuli for the post of Chief Justice at the Supreme Court (SC). The PHSC had summoned Parajuli at its meeting today to conduct the hearing.
This clears for his appointment from President Bidhya Devei Bhandari. After appointment, chief justice Parajuli will take oath.
Speaking at the meeting, Parajuli presented a 39-point judiciary reform plan. Now, after the PHSC endorsement; the President will appoint him to the post and he will head the judiciary till April 28, 2018.
The meeting of the Constitutional Council on June 29 had sent his name in PHSC for hearing. It may be noted that, no complaints were registered against him in the PHSC.
After the retirement of then Chief Justice Sushila Karki on June 6, 2017, Parajuli, the senior-most Justice at the Supreme Court, has taken up the responsibility of acting Chief Justice since June 7, 2017.
Born on April 28, 1953 in Tanahun district, Parajuli had practiced law for long and was appointed the Ad-Hoc Justice at appellate court in 1990.
Presenting the 39-point action plan for the judiciary reform, Justice Parajuli said the main priority has been the effective implementation of the third, five-year strategic plan of the court.