Final hearing on IGP appointment concludes
The final hearing on writ petitions filed against promotion of Jai Bahadur Chand as IGP of Nepal Police concluded on Monday. The Supreme Court (SC) is expected to deliver its verdict on Tuesday.
A full bench including Chief Justice Sushila Karki and justices Hari Krishna Karki, Ishwor Prasad Khatiwada, Ananda Mohan Bhattarai and Anil Kumar Bhattarai conducted final hearing on Sunday and Monday.
Tekendra Dahal and Rewati Tripathi defended the government decision to promote Chand on Monday. Senior advocate Badri Bahadur Adhikari, Tulsi Bhatta, Bhimarjun Acharya and Tikaram Bhattarai pleaded on behalf of writ petitioner DIG Nawa Raj Silwal
Lawyers of Chand, however, boycotted the final hearing. The justices had given a five-minute deadline for Chand's advocates to turn up but they did not arrive. Lawyers of one of the petitioners Silwal started to plead after that.
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.
The government on February 12 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 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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