Contempt of court case against Nepali Congress

KATHMANDU: A contempt of court case has been filed against the ruling Nepali Congress party and its President Sher Bahadur Deuba on Sunday.

Advocate Hari Prasad Mainali moved the Supreme Court today claiming the party's Central Working Committee's decision last week disrespected the SC order on March 21.

On March 21, the SC had revoked the government decision to appoint DIG Jaya Bahadur Chand to the post of Nepal Police, on which the largest party in the Parliament on March 28 had commented that it was "an intervention in the jurisdiction of the executive."

The sixth point of the decision of the party's three-day CWC meeting had suggested that the SC order was against the principle of power separation and the provision of Constitution about rights of the executive.

Earlier, rumours were rife that Deuba exerted undue pressure on Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs Bimalendra Nidhi to appoint Chand to the post of chief of Nepal Police even if it would violate the tradition of seniority.

Deuba, however, had denied the accusations after the Cabinet decision to appoint Chand to the top post.

“The appointment of the Inspector General is solely the Cabinet’s jurisdiction,” Deuba had said in a statement, “In this issue, I do not and cannot have any involvement in any form as the Nepali Congress President.”

According to Mainali, the court would conduct the first hearing on his case on Tuesday.