Nine lawyers, including President of the Nepal Bar Association Chandeshwor Shrestha and NBA Central Committee member Prakash Maharjan, were injured today when police used force against the protesting lawyers who were staging a sit-in at the main entrance of the Supreme Court.
While Shrestha suffered minor injuries, Maharjan was hit in the head and is undergoing treatment at a hospital, according to a press release issued by the NBA.
Senior Advocate Sabita Bhandari Baral, Secretary of the Supreme Court Bar Association Rishiram Ghimire, advocates Kapilchandra Ghimire, Yubaraj Banjade, Nitesh Shrestha, Raman Lal Karna, and Gopal Sapkota were also injured in police action.
NBA condemned the use of force by security personnel and urged the national and international human rights organisations to monitor its protests. It urged the home ministry and the court administration to remove riot police from the court premises. The NBA said home administration, the chief justice, and the court administration would be responsible if protesting lawyers were attacked by middlemen or vigilantes.
The NBA said its agitation would not end until Chief Justice Cholendra SJB Rana resigned from his post.
Meanwhile, the full court of the SC met today and condemned the use of force against lawyers.