SC summons govt over move to fill 7,000 police vacancies

Published On: October 27, 2018 01:05 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Oct 27: A recent move by the Nepal Police to fill over 7,000 vacant positions in its organization has landed in the court.

The police recruitment process has become uncertain after the Supreme Court, acting on a writ petition, summoned the government authorities to attend a hearing on Tuesday to decide whether to stay the recruitment process.

A single bench of justice Cholendra SJB Rana on Friday issued the order to four government bodies — the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Nepal Police Headquarters and the Public Service Commission (PSC). A public advertisement to fill the over 7,000 vacancies was announced a few weeks ago.

Claiming that the appointment of police personnel would go against the Section 268(3) of the constitution, advocates Sunil Kumar Patel and Manoj Kumar Sah had jointly lodged the petition demanding that the apex court stall the appointment process.

The petitioners also claimed that the advertisement for recruiting police personnel even before the promulgation of the Federal Police Act would go against Article 268 (3) and 268(2) of the constitution.

The petitioners also claimed that the appointment process violated the norms and spirit of the constitution and Article 56(1), 57(2), 57(3), 268(2) and 268(3) of the constitution.

The petitioners have also sought the apex court order to nullify the advertisement and asked the government to initiate fresh appointment process only after the promulgation of separate Federal Police Act as per the letter and spirit of the constitution.

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