SC to give verdict on IGP case on Tuesday

Published On: March 20, 2017 04:08 PM NPT By: Bhasha Sharma

KATHMANDU, March 19: Supreme Court (SC) is set to give its verdict on the writ petitions related to Nepal Police IGP appointment row on Tuesday.

The hearings on the petitions concluded on Sunday at the full-bench in SC. Government Attorneys from defendants' side presented their arguments in front of full-bench of Chief Justice Sushila Karki and Justices Hari Krishna Karki, Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada, Aananda Mohan Bhattarai and Anil Kumar Sinha.

The lawyers from plaintiff side presented their arguments on the issue on Sunday while lawyers from the side of DIG Jaya Bahadur Chand did not attend hearings on Monday. Senior Advocates Sushil Panta and Prem Bahadur Khadka as well as Advocates Yadunath Khanal, Khamba Khati, Sunil Pokharel, Hari Upreti and Madhav Basnet were the lawyers from Chand's side.

The government had appointed DIG Jaya Bahadur Chand to the post of IGP on February 12. On the same day a single bench of Chief Justice Sushila Kariki had issued an interim order not to implement the government’s decision.

Advocate Kapil Dhakal had filed a writ petition at the SC against the government’s decision arguing that the appointment breaches the regulations of the Nepal Police. Chand was the third in seniority rank.

On February 13, DIG Nawaraj Silwal filed a writ petition demanding that he should be appointed the IGP claiming that he is the senior most police official. The government had picked DIG Dinesh Chandra Pokharel as the acting IGP after the leadership selection courted controversy. 

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