Kathmandu, Nepal, August 20, 2019: Tainted judge at the Pokhara High Court, Jiwan Hari Adhikri has tendered his resignation on Monday. Expressing dissatisfaction over the investigation into his controversial judgment, the Judicial Council (JC) had On July 30 formed a committee under SC judge to investigate the verdict issued by Adhikari.
Adhikari forwarded his resignation to Chief Justice Cholendra SJB Rana on Monday stating that although he never faced any controversy in his 40-year long career, some people tried to drag him into controversy since a few months before his retirement. It is said that Adhikari was taking his compulsory retirement after six months due to age limit.
Chief Justice Rana led JC had formed the probe panel headed by Supreme Court Justice Sapana Pradhan Malla to investigate three judges including Adhikari at the Pokhara High Court. It is said that the Malla-led panel has been investigating Adhikari and other two judges- Nara Bahadur Shahi and Ramchandra Raya Yadav.
Three judges at the Pokhara High Court had issued a verdict in relation to a tax evasion case concerning Gorkha Brewery, which has allegedly evaded millions of rupees in taxes. Pokhara High Court Judge Yadav had first issued an interim order which was later upheld by a division bench of Judges Adhikari and Shahi.
As the Gorkha Brewery firm is registered in Province 3, any cases related to the firm have to be registered at Patan High Court or its Hetauda bench. But the firm had filed a writ petition at Pokhara High Court raising questions marks over the motive and intention of the firm and judges as well.