Supreme Court tells Deuba to clarify his comment on IG appointment

KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court on Thursday has issued a show cause notice in the name of Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba in reference to his statement and the party's decision on the appointment of Inspector General of Nepal Police.

A single bench of Justice Ishwori Prasad Khatiwada issued the notice in response to a writ filed by advocate Hari Prasad Mainali on April 2.

The apex court has ordered that Deuba submit a written response clarifying reasons why he made statements against a Supreme Court order and why the party commented on the order, according to Mainali.

Mainali had moved the Supreme Court claiming that the Nepali Congress Central Working Committee’s decision last week had disrespected the apex court’s March 21 order.

On March 21, the Supreme Court had revoked the government decision to appoint DIG Jaya Bahadur Chand to the post of IGP. The NC on March 28 had commented that the SC decision was ‘an intervention in the jurisdiction of the executive.’

Likewise, the petitioner said that NC President Deuba’s reaction to the appointment of the new IGP was disrespectful of the court.

Deuba had reportedly said in Biratnagar that appointing a new IGP was the job of the government.