UN condemns Nepal to impeach first female Chief Justice

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UN condemns Nepal to impeach first female Chief Justice

GENEVA: The UN human rights chief on Friday harshly criticised Nepal's efforts to impeach the country's first female chief justice, warning the move appeared to be aimed at undermining judicial independence.

Nepal's government filed a motion to impeach Sushila Karki after the two main parties in the coalition accused her of interference following a Supreme Court ruling last month overturning Kathmandu's choice for chief of police.

"I urge the Nepal authorities to respect the independence of the judiciary (and) to withdraw what appears to be a politically motivated impeachment motion," United Nations rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said in a statement.

The impeachment motion was filed days after the court revoked the government's appointment of Jaya Bahadur Chand as police chief, ruling that the government had violated existing processes and regulations. (APP)