Supreme Court begins hearing on Karki appointment debate

KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court has begun the hearing on a case filed against the appointment of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority Chief Lok Man Singh Karki.

A full bench of Justices Ishwor Prasad Khatiwada, Ananda Mohan Bhattarai and Anil Kumar Sinha started the hearing on the case today.

Advocates Ramesh Badal, Surendra Bhandari, Tika Ram Bhattarai, Govinda Bandi, Chandrakant Gyawali, Sambhu Thapa , Ravi Khanal, Sunil Pokharel and Bijay Mishra had presented their statements in support of the writ petitioner, Om Prakash Aryal.

Advocate Aryal had filed the writ against Karki stating that the appointment was against the Constitution of Nepal.

The hearing was adjourned for today and would resume at 11 am tomorrow.

The Supreme Court had decided to review the scrapped writ filed by Aryal.

Earlier, advocates Bhimarjun Acharya, Madhav Basnet, Kumar Regmi, Sushil Panta, Krishna Sapkota and Ananda Raj Lamsal had written an application requesting to postpone the hearing as the scheduled date and 60th anniversary of the Nepal Bar Association fell on the same day.

Joint Attorney General Kiran Paudel had advocated in favour of suspended CIAA Chief Karki.

Advocates from Karki's side will record their statements from Friday.

The final decision will be taken after hearing statements from both the sides, according to the Court.