KATHMANDU: Commissioner Deep Basnyat has taken responsibility of the Commission for the Investigation of Authority (CIAA) as the Acting Chief on Thursday. CIAA assistant spokesperson Khagendra Prasad Rijal informed that Basnyat took the charge after anti-graft body Chief Lok Man Singh Karki faced automatic suspension following the registration of an impeachment motion against him by 157 lawmakers from the governing CPN Maoist Centre and CPN-UML. After the commencement of impeachment proceedings under the Article 101.2, according to the Article 101.6, the chief or official of any constitutional body shall not be allowed to discharge the duties of his or her office pending the settlement of such proceedings.
Article 101 of the Constitution 101.2. Impeachment: One fourth of the total number of the then members of the House of Representatives may move a motion of impeachment against the Chief Justice of Nepal or a Judge of the Supreme Court, member of the Judicial Council, chief or official of a Constitutional Body on the ground of his or her failure to fulfil his or her duties of office because of serious violation of this Constitution and law, incompetence or misconduct or failure to discharge the duties of office honestly or serious violation of the code of conduct. If the motion is passed by at least two thirds majority of the total number of the then members of the House of Representatives, the concerned person shall relieve of his or her office. 101.6 After the commencement of impeachment proceedings under clause (2), the Chief Justice of Nepal or Judge of the Supreme Court, member of the Judicial Council, chief or official of the Constitutional Body shall not be allowed to discharge the duties of his or her office pending the settlement of such proceedings. 101.7 A person who is charged with impeachment under clause (1) or (2) shall be provided with a reasonable opportunity to defend himself or herself.