KATHMANDU, Jan 3: Kathmandu Metropolitan Police Office issued an arrest warrant against former Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Nepal Police, Navaraj Silwal on Tuesday.
According to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Rabindra Dhanuk, chief of Metropolitan Police Range, the office has written a letter to the Lalitpur Metropolitan Police Office to arrest Silwal, who resides in Lalitpur district and to hand him over to the Kathmandu Metropolitan Police Office for the investigations into a case of document forgery.
Giving its verdict on the case of forged documents, the Supreme Court (SC) had ordered the government to initiate action against Silwal concluding that the performance appraisal reports he had submitted to the apex court seeking his appointment as the chief of Nepal Police were forged. DIG Nawaraj Silwal was accused of submitting doctored performance appraisal certificates to the apex court along with his writ petition.
On April 10, the cabinet had promoted DIG Prakash Aryal to the post of Nepal Police chief on the basis of the recommendation of a high-level committee which found him ahead of the other contenders in terms of performance appraisal. But Silwal had moved the SC claiming that the report was inaccurate and he submitted a separate report to the apex court in which he has two points more than Aryal. In the final verdict on the writ petition, the court had asked the government authorities concerned to investigate the government documents forgery case.
In the full text of the verdict, the apex court has stated that the performance evaluation report submitted by Silwal was erroneous. The court thus directed the government authorities to investigate into the matter and find out who was involved in submitting the forged documents. The Office of the Attorney General on December 5 had given nod to initiate action against the newly elected lawmaker Silwal in line with the SC's verdict.
Silwal was elected a Member of Parliament from Lalitpur-1 representing the CPN-UML.
After his chance to head Nepal Police was over, Silwal tendered his resignation and got a ticket from the UML to contest the polls immediately after joining the party.