March 19, 2017 06:14 PM NPT
By: Durga Dulal
KATHMANDU, March 19: Hearing on the writ petitions related to Nepal Police IGP appointment row could not conclude on Sunday at the full-bench in Supreme Court.
A full-bench of Chief Justice Sushila Karki and Justices Hari Krishna Karki, Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada, Aananda Mohan Bhattarai and Anil Kumar Sinha stated hearings on the writ petitions. The lawyers from plaintiff side presented their arguments on the issue on Sunday while defendants are to present their arguments on Monday.
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.