Supreme Court Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana is likely to become the next chief justice with the Judicial Council recommending his name to the Constitutional Council alongside Justice Deepak Raj Joshee, whose chance of being appointed the head of apex court is slim, given that his nomination was previously turned down by the Parliamentary Hearing Committee.
The names were forwarded by the JC secretariat as per the instruction of Chief Justice Mishra as the JC could not hold a formal meeting in the absence of Minister for Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Bhanubhakta Dhakal. Minister Dhakal had earlier announced that he would not participate in any meeting attended by Justice Joshee for the latter was rejected for chief justice by the parliamentary hearings committee on August 3. Joshee as the seniormost justice is a member of the JC.
The Constitutional Council is likely favour Rana over Joshee, as the latter’s previous nomination to the seat of chief justice was besieged by controversy due to his questionable academic credentials and lack of candour during his testimony.
Joshee was the first ever Supreme Court nominee to be rebuffed by a hearing panel. The chief justice’s post was finally given to the incumbent Om Prakash Mishra.