SC quashes Silwal’s plea

By A Staff Reporter

 

Kathmandu, Sept. 13:The Supreme Court (SC)  on Tuesday quashed the writ petition filed by Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Nawaraj Silwal challenging the government’s decision to appoint DIG Prakash Aryal as the new Inspector General of Nepal Police.
A full bench of Chief Justice Gopal Parajuli and Justices Om Prakash Mishra, Kedar Prasad Chalise, Sharada Prasad Ghimire, Mira Khadka, Prakash Man Singh Raut and Purushottam Bhandari quashed the writ.
The bench revoked the writ, citing the claim made by Silwal was insufficient.
DIG Silwal had moved the Supreme Court on April 12 to file the writ for the second time against the government decision to appoint Aryal as IGP.
In the writ that named the Office of Prime Minister and Council
of Ministers, the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Home Affairs as defendants, DIG Silwal argued that the appointment was not legal as he had secured 154.4 points against 152.2 points obtained by
the newly-appointed IGP Aryal in the work performance evaluation of four years, and he, not Aryal, deserved the legal right to head the Nepal Police.
Prior to this, the government had appointed Jay Bahadur Chand as the IGP, prompting Silwal to challenge the appointment in the court. In its response to a writ filed against Chand’s appointment, the SC had issued a verdict in the name of the government to appoint a new police chief based on the evaluation of work performance.
The Supreme Court on
Tuesday revoked the writ petition filed by DIG Navaraj Silwal against the IGP’s appointment and approved Prakash Aryal’s promotion to the Inspector General of the Nepal Police.
Silwal was also detained for a day on April 24 by the police headquarters to investigate into allegations that he had forged the performance evaluation form before submitting it to the Supreme Court.
The Police Headquarters had formed the probe committee led by DIG Bijaya Bhatta.
The controversy arose after DIG Silwal moved the Supreme Court, challenging the government’s decision to appoint Prakash Aryal as the new IG.
In the writ petition, DIG Silwal claimed irregularities while reviewing the performance evaluation of the four DIGs contending for the top post.
Silwal claimed that the review panel deducted two points from his score in order to promote Aryal.

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