KATHMANDU, March 20: Supreme Court (SC) on Sunday issued an interim order to the government not to sack Prof Dr Raj Kumar Rauniyar from the post of vice-chancellor of BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS), Dharan.
The government had on February 28 sacked VC Rauniyar after a senate meeting of the BPKIHS held on the same day at the prime minister's residence Baluwatar, recommended the prime minister, who is the chancellor of the university, to sack the VC. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health and Population Upendra Yadav initiated process to relieve Rauniyar from the post of VC in order to appoint a new VC as part of a power-sharing arrangement between the ruling Nepal Communist Party and Yadav-led Federal Socialist Forum Nepal.
Based on the deal, the government recently appointed a VC, directors, rector, registrar at National Academy of Health Sciences (NAMS), Bir Hospital and National Trauma Center. The post of VC at NAMS was lying vacant for the last eight months.
Prof Rauniyar moved the court last Sunday against the government decision to sack him. The single bench of Justice Prakashanman Singh Raut ordered the government to clarify why it decided to sack Rauniyar. The court also ordered the government to allow Rauniyar to continue in his job until the court issues a final verdict in the case.
Rauniyar was appointed as VC during the premiership of Pushpa Kamal Dahal in 2017.