SC stays impeachment motion against Sushila Karki

The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday issued an interim order against an impeachment motion against Chief Justice Sushila Karki and directed the Legislature-Parliament to put the motion on hold, allowing the first female head of the judiciary to return to the bench. 

With the precedent-setting apex court order, the ruling Nepali Congress-Maoist Centre alliance, which had drawn flak from several quarters for its move to impeach the chief justice, has come under immense pressure.

“The order is very much balanced as the move to impeach the chief justice was in clear violation of the rules that bar discussions on a sub judice case,” Bipin Adhikari, a constitution expert, told the Post. “This shows the move of NC and Maoist lawmakers was unconstitutional; they must apologise for their act.”

Adhikari also dismissed charges, levelled by some sections, that the apex court was involved in “judicial activism”, saying “working in the spirit of the constitution cannot be termed activism”.