Final hearing on IGP appointment to continue Monday

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The final hearing on the petitions filed against promotion of Jai Bahadur Chand as the IGP of Nepal Police will continue on Monday. The Apex Court is expected to deliver the final verdict on Monday.  

The full bench of Supreme Court (SC) including Chief Justice Sushila Karki and justices Hari Krishna Karki, Ishwor Prasad Khatiwada, Ananda Mohan Bhattarai and Anil Kumar Bhattarai heard pleadings of advocates on behalf of the writ petitioners and the defendants named in the petitions on Sunday.

The government had made AIG Dr Dinesh Chandra Pokharel from technical service the acting chief of Nepal Police amending the Nepal Police Regulations while the case was sub judice. The amendment was made for one time appointment of AIG from technical service acting IGP.

A joint bench of Justice Ishwor Khatiwada and Justice Tej Bahadur KC on Thursday had ordered a full bench for the hearing on March 19. It had also ordered the government to send the evaluation file at the time of promotion.

The hearing scheduled for Thursday could not be held as Chand's lawyer Sushil Panta argued that, KC who was also part of the bench had ordered to continue the interim order to not allow Chand to assume office, was again included in the bench for final hearing along with Khatiwada.

The government on February 12 had promoted the third-ranked contender among the quartet of DIGs—Nava Raj 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 pre-emptive writ petition filed by advocate Kapil Dev Dhakal had ordered the government not to implement the cabinet’s decision just a few hours after Chand's appointment. She again issued the same instruction the following day hearing a petition filed by Silwal.

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