SC likely to begin hearing on DIG Aryal's writ Tuesday

KATHMANDU: While the Supreme Court is set to pronounce its final verdict on the legality of the government decision to promote DIG Jaya Bahadur Chand to the position of Nepal Police IG, it is likely to begin hearing on a writ filed by DIG Prakash Aryal with connection to the same issue tomorrow itself.

DIG Aryal, the Chief of the Crime Investigation Department, moved the apex court today demanding that details of his work performance should also be considered while picking the chief of the national police organisation.

SC spokesperson Mahendra Nath Upadhyaya said the first hearing on the writ could take place tomorrow itself.

Claiming himself to be an eligible candidate for the top cop's position as his batchmates Nawa Raj Silwal and Jaya Bahadur Chand, Aryal demanded that the government should consider his performance as well while picking the IGP of Nepal Police, Upadhyaya informed.

The spokesperson surmised that the court might issue a show cause notice to the government in response to Aryal's demand.

Appointment of Chand was dragged into the controversy after advocate Kapil Dev Dhakal filed a writ at the apex court, a couple of days before the February 11 decision, claiming Chand's selection would breach the tradition of seniority.

Consequently, the SC stayed the decision on the same day.

Hours after the appointment, Chand's another batchmate Nawa Raj Silwal also filed a writ at the court claiming he should have been appointed to the top post on the basis of seniority.

There were four DIGs eligible for the position including Silwal, Aryal, Chand and Bam Bahadur Bhandari.

The SC had issued stay orders in response to the writs filed by both Dhakal and Silwal, barring the government from the implementation of the decision.

The SC is scheduled to pronounce the final verdicts in response to both the writs tomorrow.