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CC recommends Karki as the chief justice of the Supreme Court

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KATHMANDU — The Constitutional Council (CC) recommended senior-most Justice Sushila Karki as the chief justice of the Supreme Court.

A council meeting on Sunday evening took the decision with her consent. Karki will assume responsibility once the President appoints her after the CC affirmation. Karki will be the nation’s first female head of the legal.

Karki’s nomination is considered yet another milestone in women’s leadership in the state mechanism. Last year, Nepal elected Bidhya Devi Bhandari as the President and Onsari Gharti as the Speaker of Parliament.

Karki is known for her zero tolerance against corruption in the judiciary. Born in June, 1952 in Biratnagar, she holds a post-graduate degree in political science from Banaras Hindu University, India, and a law degree from Tribhuvan University.

Incumbent Chief Justice Kalyan Shrestha retires on Wednesday. Traditionally, the chief justice goes on a leave a month before his term expires.

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Government not serious in resolving Nirmala Panta’s case: Gagan Thapa

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR— Nepali Congress youth leader and lawmaker Gagan Kumar Thapa has alleged that the government was not serious about finding the perpetrators of the rape and subsequent murder of Nirmala Panta, a 13-year-old girl from Bhimduttanagar Municipality-2, Kanchanpur.

Leader Thapa was speaking in a meeting with the party workers at the Nepali Congress party district office here this morning. He said people’s trust towards the government was waning due to its nonchalance in providing justice in the Nirmala Panta’s case.

He also accused the government of not working as per the people’s aspiration despite the formation of a stable government after a long wait.

After the meeting with the party workers, Thapa met with Nirmala’s parents who are staging a sit-in in front of the District Administration Office for last two weeks demanding justice.

“Please, take care of your health. I will relay your message to the Prime Minister and the president of the Nepali Congress, the main opposition party in parliament,” he assured Nirmala’s grieving parents.

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