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Parajuli sworn in as Chief Justice

KATHMANDU —  Newly appointed Chief Justice Justice Gopal Prasad Parajuli has taken the oath of office and secrecy at Sheetal Niwas, in Maharajgunj, on Monday.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari administered the oath of office and secrecy to Parajuli at a special programme organised at President’s office on Monday, according to a press statement released today.

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, Vice-President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Speaker Onsari Gharti, chiefs of constitutional bodies, judges of the Supreme Court and Chief Secretary, Rajendra Kishor Chhetri, among others, were present on the occasion.

The Parliamenary Hearing Special Committee (PHSC) of the Legislature-Parliament had unanimously approved the name of Parajuli for the post of Chief Justice on Sunday.

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A meeting of the Constitutional Council on June 29 had nominated his name and sent for parliamentary hearing. No complaints were registered against him in the PHSC.

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.

Parajuli has been taking the charge of the Supreme Court as the acting chief justice since June 7, 2017.