Nepal SC stays impeachment motion against country’sfirst womanChief Justice

In a welcoming move, the Supreme Court of Nepal has 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. Ms Karki had been accused of being partisan, breaching the principles of separation of power, influencing her fellow Justices and failing to fulfil her duties in judiciary efficiently. Civil society activists in Nepal and all over Asia strongly condemned the suspension, given Ms. Karki’s strong stance against corruption and criminal activities during her tenure. This has been considered as another instance of political interference in the judiciary, given Nepal’s history of political interferences in civil positions. It is suspected that the motion was intended to attack judicial independence.