The government on Friday submitted the official documents related to the appointment of Lokman Singh Karki as the Chief Commissioner of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA).
Based on these documents, the Supreme Court will now review a writ petition that challenged Karki’s appointment in May 2013.
Advocate Om Prakash Aryal had filed a writ at the SC, claiming that Karki lacked moral character, experience and qualification to head the anti-graft body. But a bench of Justices Gopal Parajuli and Om Prakash Mishra dismissed Aryal’s writ, saying Karki’s appointment was ‘legal’.
Last year, Aryal filed another writ asking the SC to review its own decision to quash his previous writ. When the SC sought the documents related to Karki’s appointment to decide whether to review its previous decision, the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (OPMCP) informed the Apex Court that the documents were missing since the earthquakes.
But the SC dubbed the government’s response ‘irresponsible’ and demanded ‘all the documents’ in one week’s time. A joint bench of Chief Justice Sushila Karki and justices Bishwambhar Shrestha and Sapna Malla also decided to review Aryal’s writ.
Karki’s fate now hangs in balance, with the SC all set to decide whether he is fit to head the anti-graft body.
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