By Our Reporter
Fourteen former chief justices of the Supreme Court have been using government vehicles by violating the rules. From former CJ Surendra Prasad Singh to the Om Prakash Mishra are found misusing the government vehicles by keeping private plate numbers in the government cars.
Gopal Parajuli who was sacked from the post of CJ a year ago had not returned the car that cost Rs. 12.96 million. Likewise, Om Prakash Sharma, who retired after Parajuli, took the newly purchased Tata Storm car.
Former CJ Kalyan Shretsha has been riding the most expensive government vehicle by transforming into a private car. He took a Land Cruiser worth Rs. 25 million. When he arrived in the Supreme Court riding the same car after his retirement, the employees of the SC had snatched its key and submitted to chief Registrar Dr Rajan Bhattarai.
According to Harri Bhattarai, secretray of Trade Union of the SC employees, the SC had given expensive vehicles to teh retired chief justices without keeping any record in the SC. “It is illegal,” he said.
The then government in 2011 issued an ordinace to provide a car with 70 litres petrol to each former CJ. The Ordinnace had also provisioned a driver and a staff for the retired CJ. But the CJ started enjoying the facility before Ordinance was turned into a law. The Ordinace failed to be endorsed from the paraliment.
Legally, the CJ and other justices had to return the vehicles to the SC within seven days of their retirement. But still 14 fromer CJs are fiund uisng the vehiles illegally. Only the motor being used by late CJ Kedra Giri was returned to the SC after Giri’s demise.
The 14 CJs who have been riding the government vehiles by turning them into private cars are Kalyan shrestha, Ram kumar Sah, Khilraj Regmi, Damodar Prasad Sharma, Min Bahadur Rayamajhi, Dilip Kumar Poudel, Hari Prasad Sharma, Keshav Prasad Upadhyay, Mohan Prasad Sharma, Om Bhakta Shrestha and Surendra Prasad Singh.