· Karki receives court summon letter himself
· SC fixes December 1 as date for hearing on all cases related to Karki
KATHMANDU, Nov 11: The Supreme Court (SC) has expedited court proceedings in cases filed against Lokman Singh Karki, the suspended chief the country's anti-graft body, indicating that the apex court is firm in resolving crucial cases against him soon.
Responding to a writ petition filed against Karki demanding halt of state facilities being provided to him in capacity of the chief commissioner of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), the apex court has set December 1 as the date for hearings of all cases filed against him. Three major cases are sub judice at the Supreme Court.
Karki is accused of leading the anti-graft body by violating constitutional provisions as well as enjoying state facilities even after being suspended following registration of impeachment motion against him in the parliament. Apart from this, Karki is also facing contempt of court case for obstructing the court's administration from serving court notice.
A division bench of justices Jagadish Sharma Poudel, Ishwar Khatiwada and Ananda Mohan Bhattarai on Thursday ordered that the hearings on all cases related to Karki be conducted on the same day. Karki has been facing impeachment motion in the parliament on charge of abusing his authority during his three-year stay in office as well as court cases following series of controversies said to be committed from his side.
The Supreme Court has granted additional 15 days for Karki to appear before the court after he missed the initial deadline.
“Now onward, all the cases related to Karki will be heard on the same day,” said advocate Om Prakash Aryal, who had filed all the writs against Karki from the very beginning of since he was recommended as the head of the anti-graft body.
Responding to the writ filed against Karki demanding that state facilities being provided to him be scrapped, the court on Tuesday had ordered him to appear before the court in person within seven days. On Thursday, Karki's representative Tej Bahadur Katawal appeared before the court on behalf of Karki. The court administration also served court notice on Karki Thursday. This time, Karki received the court notice by himself as court messengers reached his official quarter in Tangal.
Previously, Karki's men had obstructed the court administration from serving court notice. Following the obstruction, advocate Aryal had filed contempt of court case against Karki on charge of obstructing court procedures.
Immediately after the then caretaker government in 2013 recommended him as CIAA chief, second-rung leaders of major political parties, civil society member and media had opposed Karki's appointment citing his controversial background and involvement in suppressing 2006 Jana Andolan. Karki, however, managed to take charge of the anti-graft body capitalizing on the parliamentary void in May 2013.