SC team pastes notice at CIAA Chief Karki’s house

KATHMANDU: A team deployed from the Supreme Court on Tuesday pasted a customary notice at the Baneshwar-based house of Lok Man Singh Karki to summon him over a case that has challenged his appointment as the chief of Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority.

The SC's attempts to summon him by sending its staffers to Karki’s house and hand over or paste the notice had failed for three times earlier.

Karki, who was appointed as the chief of the anti-graft constitution body for six years in May 2013 amid big controversy, will now have to be present himself before the apex court or send his representative within 15 days.

Earlier, advocate Om Prakash Aryal had filed a writ petition challenging Karki's appointment.  A division bench, however, on September 24, 2014 quashed Aryal’s petition that sought revocation of Karki’s appointment.

Responding to a latest writ, a division bench of Chief Justice Sushila Karki, Justice Bishwambhar Prasad Shrestha and Justice Sapana Pradhan Malla, on September 16 observed that there was fault in the two year-old order.

The Justice trio said the case over Karki's appointment would be reviewed as it raised a question on constitutional provision about high moral character sought for the constitutional position and whether Karki, who served in the Palace for six years, two months and 10 days, was eligible for the position.

The Justices observed that considering Karki’s service in the palace for the 20-year service criterion -- fixed by the Interim Constitution for the appointment in the CIAA -- was against the Principle of Constitution Construction.

Aryal has asked the SC to see if Karki, who was accused of corruption and held responsible for suppression during the People’s Movement II during the royal regime, was eligible to be the CIAA chief.