Law Commission Chair, Law Secy refuse to guide House panel

KATHMANDU: Two of the top three legal office bearers have refused to offer any opinion to the Parliament’s Impeachment Recommendation Committee apropos to the impeachment motion against Lok Man Singh Karki, saying they were not in a position to guide the House panel in the case.

The House panel is in dilemma and the impeachment motion and ongoing proceedings have witnessed an uncertainty after the Supreme Court on  January 8 quashed Karki's appointment, with a verdict that he was ineligible to hold the post in Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority.

Earlier in October last year, lawmakers of ruling CPN Maoist Centre and main opposition CPN-UML had registered the motion, leading to Karki’s automatic suspension.

Nepal Law Commission Chairman Madhav Paudel and Law Secretary Tek Prasad Dhungana said on Tuesday that they were not in a position to deliver any opinion on the impeachment motion.

Paudel, who was a minister in the Khilraj Regmi-led interim government, said he would not be able to speak on the matter as he was involved in Karki’s appointment. He was also a member of Law commission when Karki installed in the CIAA as its chief amid controversies.

Law Secretary Dhungana, on the other hand, mentioned that he has already been appointed a High Court judge and was thus not in a position to offer any view regarding the impeachment motion.

Attorney General Raman Kumar Shrestha, however, did not show up at the meeting called by the Committee today.

It has been learned that Shrestha, who is legal advisor of the Parliament also, wants to meet the Committee members separately.

“We will call him tomorrow,” said Rewati Raman Bhandari, member of the Committee.