Hearing for new Chief Election Commissioner to begin Friday

KATHMANDU: The Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee (PHSC) has decided to hold the parliamentary hearing on nomination of Ayodhi Prasad Yadav for the appointment to the vacant position of Chief Election Commissioner on Friday.

A meeting of the Committee chaired by its President Kul Bahadur Gurung today decided to summon Yadav for hearing in the Committee meeting tomorrow morning.

Two complaints were filed against Yadav at the Committee, arguing that Yadav's parliamentary hearing should not be held until the writ filed against his reappointment at the Supreme Court was decided upon.

Yadav is currently the Acting Chief Election Commissioner.

It is stated that the Committee would be directly holding the parliamentary hearing as it was not possible to inquire in detail about the complaints against him as the complainants had not mentioned their contact number or email in the complaints.

Regarding the Acting Chief Justice Sushila Karki, the PHSC has decided to call the people who filed complaints against her appointment to its meeting on Sunday to vindicate their complaints and also to hold Karki's hearing the same day.

The complaints against Karki claimed that she refused to give recognition to the DNA test in a case filed to establish family relations and an employee faced expulsion from service as she declined to issue an interim order in the name of the National Human Rights Commission.

Likewise, she promoted politicisation of the judiciary, heard a case related to her relatives against the law, adopted biased parametres in court decisions, decided cases without studying them and owned a house worth millions of rupees in Basundhara in Kathmandu, the complainants claimed.