Constitutional Council fails to recommend Parajuli as Chief Justice after Oli’s objection

Gopal Parajuli

KATHMANDU, June 19: The Constitutional Council (CC) has failed to recommend Chief Justice at the Supreme Court after the main opposition CPN-UML Chair KP Sharma Oli asked for some time to study about the qualification controversy of Gopal Parajuli.

Parajuli, who is the most senior justice, was picked by the Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba from a roaster of six recommended justices eligible for the position from the Judical Council.

Oli, who is also a member of the Council as the main opposition leader in the House, during a meeting of the CC, had objected over Parajuli’s date of birth.

As the ruling parties and opposition stood at the odd, the CC could not recommend any names for the position.

Parajuli is currently serving as the acting Chief Justice after Sushila Karki’s retired on June 6.