Sushila Karki took oath of office and secrecy to become the first woman Chief Justice of Nepal

KATHMANDU: Newly appointed Chief Justice Sushila Karki on Monday took oath of office and secrecy to become the first woman Chief Justice of Nepal.

The appointment of Sushila Karki as Nepal’s first woman chief justice was on Sunday unanimously endorsed by a parliamentary panel, setting the stage for her to take charge at the Supreme Court to lead the judiciary.

Karki was recommended for the top judicial post on April 10 this year by the Judicial Council. Her appointment was pending because of the delay in the formation of the PHSC due to some technical reasons. She will head the judiciary till June 6, 2017.

The confirmation of Karki’s appointment means Nepal now will have woman as its President, Speaker of Parliament and the chief justice of the Supreme Court. The oath was administered by President Bidya Devi Bhandari at a special programme organised at the Presidential Residence, Sheetal Niwas.

64-year-old Karki, who has done her Masters in Political Science from Banaras Hindu University, is known for her ‘zero-tolerance’ for corruption. Speaking at the hearing by the Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee, Karki told lawmakers that the Supreme Court faces a tough time due to a shortage of judges, The Himalayan Times reported.
She asked the committee to conduct hearings for judges’ appointment soon. Currently, 11 nominees are awaiting the PHSC hearing for their appointment as the SC judges.

Karki is known for judgments like allowing women to pass their citizenship to their children, previously open only to men. She took charge of the Supreme Court as the Acting Chief Justice since her predecessor Kalyan Shrestha retired on April 14. Karki was appointed the Ad-Hoc Justice at the Supreme Court in January 2009. She was promoted as Permanent Justice in November 2010. Karki began legal practice in March 1979.

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