Justice Giri was assaulted by one PK Gupta yesterday. The assaulter has said that he wanted to take revenge with those “corrupt justices” including Giri who according to him denied justice (to him).
Judiciary and corruption is synonymous in Nepal. People know that the majority of people in the courts are corrupt.
I don’t know much about this Justice Giri. But after seeing his bungalow, one has to wonder how he who gets not more than Rs 25,000 as salary every month became well-off. (Chances are he inherited the property and may be his children are in profittable business, however.)
I have some relatives and acquaintances in the judicial service. From clerk to Supreme Court justice. All corrupt. Mr. PK, a lawyer works as a middleman between defendants and his father-in-law Justice HRK. Mr. KPK brings home valuable goods—confisticated ones– from the court’s store and gifts some to his godfather Justice RB and other hakims. KPK carries money from accused and criminals to his godfather to influence the verdict. One of the sons of RB’s studied medicine paying donation in an expensive medical college and another did engineering course in similar way. MT, a clerk, bought land in the Valley and two taxis after working in the Kathmandu District Court for two years. ……..
The judiciary is like a banana republic. No control from anywhere. People there think they are above the law. They interpret the law and constitution in their own favour only.
Reform is called for in the whole system. For that, the new government that will be elected by people very soon should offer voluntary retirement to all judges and staffers in the judicial service. (Better is the compulsory voluntary retirement.) That is not enough. There should be a strong and honest commission to investigate the property of all those who retire or prefer working.
Though What Mr. Gupta did yesterday cannot be welcomed, such things were (are) obvious. Unless the judiciary becomes honest, such things would keep on happening despite the police security.