SC messenger, KMC-10 officials to face music over Karki summons delay

KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court on Tuesday recommended action, including imprisonment for 15 days and Rs 1,000 fine, against one of its junior officials on charge of dereliction of duty and two employees of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City Ward No 10 for non-cooperation over the delay in delivery of summons to Lok Man Singh Karki, the chief of Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority.

A single bench of Justice Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada issued an order, making the recommendation for penalty against SC's Tameldar (messenger) Shambhu Bahadur Khatri as well as Secretary Sarita Rai and Kharidar Bheshraj Aryal at KMC-10.

They have been told to be present before the apex court within seven days to forge clarification over the matter, if any, according to the SC's Assistant Spokesperson, Bishwaraj Paudel.

Before Dashain, the apex court had deputed its messenger Khatri to hand over the summons to Karki to be present before the SC in a case that would review his appointment as the CIAA.

Khatri, however, failed to execute the duty and allegedly went out of contact. The SC had already sought clarification over the matter.

Likewise, Rai along with Acharya is facing the apex court music as she reportedly did not show up when the SC messenger reached the KMC-10 Ward Office seeking consultation and company to locate Karki's house in Baneshwar of KMC-10 before Dashain. She reportedly did not cooperate with the team of SC officials who went to deliver the summons to Karki's house yesterday also.

Meanwhile, another team pasted the customary notice of summons outside Karki's house today.

The SC notice has addressed Karki as the former Chief  Secretary of Government of Nepal, and not the CIAA chief.

Mentioning that the SC decided to review his appointment as the CIAA chief, the notice asked Karki to be present before the SC himself or send a representative along with whatever evidences he has within 15 days of its delivery.