Supreme Court proves 5 guilty of obstructing judicial procedure

KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court on Sunday proved five persons guilty of obstructing the judicial procedure for they blocked the apex court from serving a summons notice on the then Chief of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority, Lok Man Singh Karki.

Karki himself, however, has been given the clean chit as he was staying abroad during the time of serving summons.

A full bench of justices Ishwor Prasad Khatiwada, Ananda Mohan Bhattarai and Anil Kumar Sinha pronounced the verdict while hearing few cases against Karki's appointment.


Those recommended for action by the Court include the SC staffer Shambhu Bahadur Khatri, Kathmandu Metropolitan City Ward 10 Secretary Sarita Rai, KMC Kharidar Bhesh Raj Aryal, Nepal Police Sub-Inspector Nakul Raj Gautam and Karki's son-in-law Prabal Thapa.

Each of them has been fined Rs 1,000 in accordance to Section 111 of the Court Managment Chapter of the Muluki Ain.

Khatri, Rai and Gautam have also been recommended for the departmental action as they failed to perform their duties.

Like Karki, another defendant, former law secretary Pramod Kumar Karki, was also freed from any action, observing he was at the site while serving the notice just coincidentally.

Advocate Om Prakash Aryal on November 3, 2016 had filed the writ against the five for obstructing the SC employees from serving the summons.