Govt fails to furnish papers on Karki's appointment in CIAA

KATHMANDU: The government failed to furnish the Supreme Court with original documents related to appointment of Lok Man Singh Karki as the Chief of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority.

It has been revealed that the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Minister wrote to the apex court last week stating that the documents were not found as the OPMCM was shifted to new building after the earthquake on April 25 last year.

Likewise, on the same day, the Ministry of General Administration wrote to the apex court citing it could not make available the documents regarding a clarification sought from the then Chief Secretary Karki after the Janaandolan II in 2006.

Secretary Mahendra Man Gurung and Under-Secretary Bhagwat Prasad Khanal had signed the letters from the OPMCM and the MoGA respectively.

Both, however, maintained that they would send the documents to the Court once they were found.

The Minister of General Administration's letter to the Supreme Court added that the sought documents could not be found out because they were 10 years old and the archive was not properly managed.

On a writ filed by advocate Om Prakash Aryal, a full bench of three justices –Deepak Karki, Bishwambhar Shrestha and Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada– on August 26 had told the authorities to forge the documents related to his appointment along with the clarification that the government sought from him in 2007 when Karki was the Chief Secretary.

Karki was appointed as the chief of the anti-graft constitution body for six years in May 2013.

Aryal has asked the apex court to see if Karki, who was accused of corruption and held responsible for suppression during the Janaandolan II during the royal regime, was eligible to be the CIAA chief.