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SC halts four party’s bid to appoint Karki as CIAA Chief

KATHMANDU: As the political parties have been facing criticism for their decision to appoint Lokman Singh Karki as the chief of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), the Supreme Court on Friday issued a stay order to halt the appointment process.

A single bench of Justice Sushila Karki issued the interim order to halt the appointment process till the next hearing. The apex court has also directed both the plentiff and defendant to appear before the court for further hearing on April 7.

Advocate Om Prakash Aryal had filed a writ at the SC on March 20, challenging the High Level Political Committee (HLPC)’s recommendation to appoint Karki as the CIAA head.

The writ has argued that it would be unconstitutional to appoint Karki as the CIAA chief saying that it would be a betrayal to all Nepali citizens.  Karki was accused of suppressing the People’s Movement-II (2006) in his capacity as the Chief Secretary during the authoritarian regime of former King Gyanendra Shah. He was also accused of amassing properties through illegal means during his tenure at the Department of Customs as director general.

The writ further argues that Karki’s appointment could lead to a situation where the people might have to be a victim of political revenge as there is no legitimate body to remove him.

Published Date: Friday, March 22nd, 2013 | 11:25 AM

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