Asia

Nepal's top judge suspended after impeachment motion filed

  • FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2017, file photo, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Sushila Karki, right, and Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal observe a minute's silence during Democracy Day in Kathmandu, Nepal. Karki, Nepal's first female judge to head the Supreme Court, has been suspended after an impeachment motion was signed by parliament members on Monday, May 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2017, file photo, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Sushila Karki, right, and Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal observe a minute's silence during Democracy Day in Kathmandu, Nepal. Karki, Nepal's first female judge to head the Supreme Court, has been suspended after an impeachment motion was signed by parliament members on Monday, May 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2017, file photo, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Sushila Karki takes part in celebrations of Democracy Day in Kathmandu, Nepal. Karki, Nepal's first female judge to head the Supreme Court, has been suspended after an impeachment motion was signed by parliament members on Monday, May 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2017, file photo, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Sushila Karki takes part in celebrations of Democracy Day in Kathmandu, Nepal. Karki, Nepal's first female judge to head the Supreme Court, has been suspended after an impeachment motion was signed by parliament members on Monday, May 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Supporters of Bibeksheel Nepali party hold a portrait of the Supreme Court Chief Justice Sushila Karki during a protest against her suspension in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, May 1, 2017. Karki, Nepal's first female judge to head the Supreme Court, has been suspended after an impeachment motion was signed by parliament members. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    Supporters of Bibeksheel Nepali party hold a portrait of the Supreme Court Chief Justice Sushila Karki during a protest against her suspension in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, May 1, 2017. Karki, Nepal's first female judge to head the Supreme Court, has been suspended after an impeachment motion was signed by parliament members. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)  (The Associated Press)

Nepal's first female judge to head the Supreme Court has been suspended after an impeachment motion was signed by parliament members.

Supreme Court spokesman Mahendra Nath Upadhaya said Monday that Sushila Karki was suspended automatically after the motion signed by nearly half the members in parliament was registered.

As chief justice, Karki held one of the highest positions ever by a woman in Nepal.

She was known for zero tolerance against corruption. The motion signed by members of Nepal's two largest ruling parties accused Karki of interfering with executive powers and issuing biased decisions.