Kathmandu, April 3 -- Judicial Council's decision to recommend five Supreme Court justices and 18 High Court judges have come under fire from many senior advocates questioning the 'competence' of a number of appointees, with lawyers demanding discussions over justices selection criteria.

The council on Tuesday recommended five names-two from High Court chief judges and three from advocates-to fill the vacant positions of justices at the Supreme Court.

They are Chief Judge of Patan High Court Prakash Kumar Dhungana and Chief Judge of Surkhet High Court Sushma Lata Mathema; senior advocate Kumar Regmi; advocates duo Hari Prasad Phuyal and Manoj Kumar Sharma.

As soon as the JC decision was revealed, lawyers have started criticising some o...