KATHMANDU, Sept 13: The Supreme Court on Tuesday quashed a writ petition filed by DIG Nawaraj Silwal challenging the government's decision to appoint Prakash Aryal as chief of Nepal Police.
A full bench headed by Chief Jutice Gopal Parajuli annulled the petition arguing that the government's decision to appointment Prakash Aryal as police chief was legal and hence there was no need to conduct hearing over the writ petition filed by Silwal. The full bench comprised of justices Om Prakash Mishra, Kedar Prasad Chalise, Sharada Prasad Ghimire, Meera Khadka, Prakash Man Singh Rawat and Pursottam Bhandari.
DIG Silwal had moved the apex court on April 11 challenging that the appointment of Prakash Aryal as police chief was against the established principle of seniority.
In the writ petition, DIG Silwal had argued that the appointment was illegal as he secured 263 points against 262 points obtained by newly appointed IGP Aryal in the work performance evaluation of four years and he not Aryal deserved the right to lead Nepal Police.
Earlier to this, UCPN (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led government had appointed Jay Bahadur Chand as the IGP, prompting Silwal to challenge the appointment at the apex court.
In response to the writ filed against the appointment of Chand, the SC headed by erstwhile CJ Sushila Karkai had issued a verdict in the name of the government to make the appointment of a new police chief on a basis of work performance and evaluation.