The Central National Assembly of the Nepal Bar Association (NBA) concluded on Sunday, expressing its commitment to making the judicial sector corruption-free.
The NBA demanded legal action against any judges, law practitioners and middlemen involved in corruption. Issuing a 28-point Nepalgunj Declaration, the umbrella organisation of the law professionals, underscored the need of independent and impartial judiciary.
The Nepalgunj Declaration also includes an issue to make the NBA’s role more effective in maintaining its institutional dignity.
The NBA leadership drew widespread criticism for being a mute spectator while a section of the judiciary was embroiled in a spate of controversies recently. Some law professionals slammed the NBA, pointing to corrupt practices in judiciary due to the lackadaisical role of the Bar.
“The issue to make NBA’s role effective is one of the prominent features in the declaration. Making the Bar’s role effective could not be more important as the country embraces a federal set-up,” said Advocate Lok Bahadur Sah, a member of the declaration committee.
Protesting external interferences, the NBA assembly also urged the international community not to make any remarks on internal affairs of a sovereign country.
The NBA also objected to the report published by the European Union’s Election Observation Mission (EUEOM) on the recent House of Representatives and Provincial Assemblies elections.
The report claims that representation of the well-represented Khas-Arya group arguably contravened international standards of equality, as affirmative measures are foreseen only as a means to promote equality.
“One cannot interfere in Nepal’s internal affairs on any pretexts. Foreign interference should be stopped immediately,” reads the declaration.
The three-day assembly drew around 3,000 law professionals from across the country.