Nepal’s first woman chief justice takes oath of office

  • Utpal Parashar, Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
  • Updated: Jul 11, 2016 23:18 IST
Sushila Karki with Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. (Supreme Court of Nepal website)

Sushila Karki took charge as the first woman chief justice of Nepal’s Supreme Court on Monday, after her name was endorsed by a parliamentary panel.

The 64-year-old was administered oath of office and secrecy by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari at Sheetal Niwas, the official residence of the head of the state. 

With Karki’s appointment, Nepal has three women in prominent positions. In October last year, Bhandari had replaced Ram Baran Yadav to become the first woman head of state.

The same month, Maoist lawmaker Onsari Gharti Magar was elected unopposed as the first woman speaker of Nepal’s parliament. 

Karki, who was working as acting chief justice since April, had to appear before the panel to clarify about six complaints against her, including one related to assets disproportionate to income. 

Her name was approved after she was able to furnish documentary evidence that absolved her of the charges. 

Born in 1952, Karki had begun her legal practice in 1979. She joined the Supreme Court as a temporary justice in 2009 and was made a permanent one a year later.

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