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Nepal's Chief Justice sacked for faking birth dates

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

Nepal's controversial was today sacked by the country's for inconsistencies in his birth dates and remaining in office even after crossing the retirement age.

The decision came just minutes before Parajuli administered the oath of office to Bidya Bhandari, who was reelected for a second presidential term yesterday.

The in the removal letter to cited inconsistencies in the birth dates as mentioned in his citizenship and academic certificates.

The said that Parajuli should have retired seven months ago when he turned 65, the age of retirement for official positions in

"According to a level decision of March 14, 2018, we inform that respectable no longer remains in the post of as he has crossed the retirement age of 65 on August 5, 20017," read the letter issued by

The letter has stated that the decision was made based on Parajuli's citizenship at the secretariat, his academic qualifications, details and letter received from in Sanothimi, Bhaktapur.

The JC's decision comes in the wake of controversy surrounding Parajuli's date of birth and widespread condemnation of his move to charge the Nepal's leading newspaper with contempt of court for a series of articles that said he had given up to five different dates of birth on various official documents.

Parajuli was under pressure from his own team of justices to either resign or stay away from the judicial process after nine justices boycotted the benches assigned to them.

A question has been raised over the legitimacy of the swearing-in of Bhandari as the Judicial Council issued the letter to sack Parajuli minutes before he administered the oath of office to her.

It is not clear if Bhandari will have to be sworn in again.

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 20:45 IST