Nepal's top judge suspended after impeachment motion filed

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FILE - In this February 18, 2017, file photo, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Sushila Karki takes part in celebrations of Democracy Day in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Nepal's first female chief justice has been suspended after the two largest parties in the ruling coalition filed an impeachment motion against her. "There is constant bargaining (within the parties) for them to strengthen their position", he told AFP, describing the impeachment of the chief justice as another attempt to remove any obstacles. Nidhi is from the Nepali Congress party, one of the two ruling parties whose members signed the motion.

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Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of Nepal Bimalendra Nidhi has resigned from his post yesterday. Acting on a writ filed by Silwal, Karki had earlier dismissed Chand's appointment and directed the government to make Silwal as new police chief.

Karki, who is slated to retire next month, has also been accused of breaching the sanctity of the court and separation of power, propping up groups and nepotism in the court, failed to execute fair justice and putting unnecessary pressure in the court and his fellow colleagues, among others. "I was not aware about the impeachment motion registered in Parliament", he said, adding that the impeachment motion is related to the IGP's appointment and "I am not consulted". After the dispute, the government appointed a third person, Prakash Aryal, as new inspector general of Nepal police.

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According to Nidhi's personal aide Birendra Yadav, Nidhi was disappointed over the move to register an impeachment motion against CJ Karki without his knowledge. Fearing that the court may rule in favour of Silwal, the two ruling parties made a decision to register impeachment motion, which means Karki would no longer serve in the bench.

There are just two days left for political parties to nominate their candidates for the first round of local elections, and the absence of the Home Minister is going to be felt.

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