Full bench to hear IGP appointment case on Sunday

Published On: March 16, 2017 03:22 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, March 16: A full bench of the Supreme Court (SC) is all set to hear the writ petition filed against DIG Jaya Bahadur Chand over his appointment to the post of IGP.

Earlier, the hearing was scheduled for Thursday.  The dvision bench of Justices Ishwor Prasad Khatiwada and Tej Bahadur KC decided to hear the case through the full bench on Thursday.

The SC had directed the Home Ministry, Public Service Commission and the Nepal Police Headquarters to submit a performance evaluation report of the DIGs within 24 hours.

The full bench will hear the case on Sunday.

The full bench of the SC will hear the case and sort out the issue, Mahindra Upadhyaya, spokesperson of the SC, told Republica Online.

The government had appointed DIG Jaya Bahadur Chand to the post of IGP on February 12..

On the same day a single bench of Chief Justice Sushila Kariki had issued an interim order not to implement the government’s decision.

Advocate Kapil Dhakal had filed a writ petition at the SC against the government’s decision arguing that the appointment breaches the regulations of the Nepal Police.

Chand was the third in seniority rank. On February 13, DIG Nawaraj Silwal filed a writ petition demanding that he should be appointed the IGP claiming that he is the senior most police official.

The government had picked DIG Dinesh Chandra Pokharel as the acting IGP after the leadership selection courted controversy. 

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