SC to deliver final verdict on IGP appointment case today
KATHMANDU- The Supreme Court is to deliver the verdict on the case relating to the appointment of Inspector General of Nepal Police on Tuesday, as the hearing on it concluded Monday.
On Monday, Deputy Attorney Rewati Tripathi and Joint Attorney Tikendra Dahal argued that as the Council of Ministers has the executive rights, the appointment of Deputy Inspector General of Nepal Police Jay Bahadur Chanda as the Inspector General of Police was lawful.
The pleading was made under the full bench comprising Chief Justice Sushila Karki and Justices Dr. Anand Mohan Bhattarai, Ishwori Prasad Khatiwada, Anil Kumar Bhattarai and Hari Krishna Karki, said Spokesperson at SC, Mahendra Upadhyay.
However, senior advocate Tulasi Bhatt, and advocates Tikaram Bhattarai and Dr. Bhimarjun Acharya argued in favor of DIG Nawaraj Silwal, saying that he was the senior most in the rank to be elevated to the IGP. So, Chand's promotion to IGP was baseless, they added.
Others to plead on behalf of Silwal were senior advocates Badri Bahadur Karki, Bal Krishna Neupane and Shambhu Thapa, Hari Phuyal, and Bikas Bhattarai, Bijay Kant Mainali, Baburam Kunwar, Om Prakash Aryal and Shiv Kumar Yadav, among others.
Earlier, the Supreme Court had issued an interim order asking the government not to implement its decision of promoting Chand to the post of IGP after Silwal filed a writ petition, arguing he was on the senior most in the rank.
Meanwhile, demanding his promotion to the post of the IGP, Deputy Inspector General Prakash Kumar Aryal has also filed a writ petition at the Supreme Court.
Saying that the Cabinet had promoted Chand to the post of IGP and it is against the constitution, he was capable enough to carry out the works as per the police regulations, states the writ petition filed by DIG Aryal. Aryal is on the second on rank.