SC to conduct final hearing on IGP appointment today

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The Supreme Court is set to conduct its final hearing on writ petitions filed against promotion of Jai Bahadur Chand to the post of IGP of Nepal Police on Thursday.

A division bench of justices Tej Bahadur KC and Ananda Mohan Bhattarai will conduct hearing on the case, according to source at top court.

The SC will deliver its verdict whether to annul or endorse the government decision to promote Chand to the post of IGP following the final hearing.

The government on February 12 had appointed Chand as the 25th IGP of Nepal Police. Kapil Dev Dhakal had filed an anticipatory writ petition to block the imminent appointment of Chand as the IGP. Another contender in the race for IGP, DIG Silwal, had also moved the court after Chand's appointment.

The government had promoted the third-ranked contender among the quartet of DIGs--Silwal, Prakash Aryal, Chand, and Bam Bahadur Bhandari--all of whom were in contention for the top job. Silwal and Prakash Aryal were ranked ahead of Chand but Chand prevailed in the race due to the unflinching backing of Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba.

The single bench of Chief Justice Sushila Karki hearing a writ petition filed by advocate Dhakal had ordered the government not to implement the cabinet’s decision just a few hours after Chand's appointment.

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