KATHMANDU, Jan 18: Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a show cause notice to the government over its decision to sack National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sushil Gyewali.
Responding to a writ petition filed by Gyewali challenging the government decision, a single bench of Justice Dr Aananda Mohan Bhattarai asked the defendants of the petition to furnish reasons for sacking Gyewali. The bench has also summoned both sides for the next hearing to discuss whether to issue a stay order or not.
Sacked CEO Gyewali had moved the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday challenging the government's decision to remove him from the position. Gyewali filed the petition arguing that the government decision to remove him was against the legal provisions.
He has claimed that the decision of the Council of Ministers to remove him from the position despite his clarification with evidences could not match the government's allegation that he could not perform his responsibility.
He has also claimed that he was removed from the position before the completion of his tenure because of political motive.
A meeting of the Council of Ministers on Wednesday had sacked Gyewali from the post and had appointed former vice-chairman of the National Planning Commission Govinda Raj Pokharel as his replacement.
The Government of Nepal, the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, the cabinet, prime minister, NRA and newly appointed CEO Pokharel have been named as defendants in the writ demanding annulment of the decision through a certiorari order.