By Our Reporter
The Constitutional Council recommended Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana as the next Chief Justice (CJ) on Friday.
The Judicial Council had recommended Justice Deepak Raj Joshi, who was rejected for CJ by the special committee for parliamentary hearing four months ago, and Rana for the post.
Rana will be appointed as the CJ by the president after a parliamentary hearing.
Current CJ Om Prakash Mishra is retiring on December 31.
The Constitutional Council chaired by prime minister includes CJ, leader of the main opposition party, speaker and deputy speaker of the HoR, and chairman of the National Assembly.
However, the Constitutional Council meeting was deferred twice as main opposition leader Sher Bahadur Deuba did not attend them. However, he was present in the Friday meeting.
Only those who have served as a Supreme Court (SC) justice for at least three years are eligible to become CJ, and Joshi and Rana are the only justices who have served the SC for three years.
Joshi was rejected by the special committee for parliamentary hearing on August 3 on the basis of two-third majority.