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Joshee recommended as new Chief Justice

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KATHMANDU — The Constitutional Council (CC) has recommended Acting Chief Justice Deepak Raj Joshee to the post of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

The meeting of the Constitutional Council held on Tuesday Office of the Prime Minister at Singha Durbar recommended Acting CJ Joshi to the post of the Chief Justice which has been lying vacant since the sacking of CJ Gopal Prasad Parajuli on March 14, 2018.

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As per the constitutional provision, Joshi will face the Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee and he would be appointed as CJ after the Committee approves his name.

As per the Article 284 of the Constitution of Nepal, the Constitutional Council — which consists of the Prime Minister as the chair, House of Speaker, Chairman of the National Assembly, leader of the opposition party in the Legislature-Parliament and Deputy Speaker of the Legislature-Parliament as the members — recommends the name of the chiefs and members of the constitutional bodies.

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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

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Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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