Kantipur Report

KATHMANDU, Aug 4 – The Supreme Court (SC) on Sunday decided to award 25 lawyers with the title of senior advocate. However, not a single woman made it to the list of new senior advocates this time. A meeting of the Full Court, the highest policy-making body of the judiciary, took the decision to confer the honorary title to prominent  lawyers as per the recommendation of a committee headed by Justice Anup Raj Sharma, said SC spokesperson Til Prasad Shrestha.

Some prominent names to be honored with the title included Attorney General Yagya Murti Banjade, former Attorney General Badri Bahadur Karki, former member of parliament Harihar Dahal, Bharat Raj Upreti, Prakash Wosti, Kamal Narayan Das and former Supreme Court Justice Pawan Kumar Ojha.

Other names included Bishnu Prasad Nepali, Amar Bahadur Pande, Narayan Prasad Khatri, Narayan Prasad Yadav, Madan Bahadur Thapa, Arjun Prasad Lamsal, Netra Bahadur Nepal, Kousal Kishor Dwibedi, Gauribar Prasad Agrawal, Yogendra Kumar Sharma, Devendra Singh, Laxman Lal Karna and Narayan Ballav Pant. Likewise, other new senior advocates to be honored are Padma Nath Sharma, Binod Kumar Sharma, Lila Prasad Sapkota and Ram Prasad Sitoula.

The Supreme Court decided to confer the tile on the basis of seniority, contribution to society and the judicial system and high morality, said Justice Sharma.

The committee comprising Sharma, Justices Bal Ram KC and Tahir Ali Ansari recommended the names after over a year long study. The court had conferred the tile to 15 lawyers, including a woman three years ago.

When asked why a single woman lawyer did not qualify for the title this time, Justice Sharma said, “We tried our best but it was very difficult to ignore the seniority system.”