Kathmandu: Nepal`s Vice President Paramananda Jha may be on a collision course with the Supreme Court after it ruled his swearing-in process unconstitutional
as he took the oath of office and secrecy in Hindi, and
directed him to retake the oath in Nepali.
The Vice President expressed his displeasure over
yesterday`s apex court`s ruling, saying the judgment "was
biased and predictable".
In regard to the court`s directive to take a fresh
oath in Nepali language, Jha said he had reservations about it
and will decide later.
Madhesi leader Jha, who is of Indian origin, had been
at the centre of a row last year soon after he took the oath
of office in Hindi, triggering protests in the country.
Protesters had claimed the Jha ignored Nepal’s culture by
taking the oath in Hindi.
The Vice President said he would first ask for an
interpreter before taking a new oath as he does not know
Nepali at all.
"Politically speaking, I do not understand Nepali. No
one can compel me to take oath in Nepali," Jha told Republica
daily in an interview soon afte the Court ordered him to
retake the oath in Nepali.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Min Badahu
Rayamajhi and Justice Bal Ram KC ruled yesterday that the
swearing-in of Jha, who used Hindi language to take the oath
of office "was against the legal provision".