Parliament begins deliberations on impeachment motion

KATHMANDU: The Legislature-Parliament on Tuesday afternoon began deliberations on the impeachment motion against the chief of Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority, Lok Man Singh Karki.

Lawmaker Mohan Bahadur Shahi of CPN Maoist Centre presented the impeachment motion at the House, while CPN-UML chief whip Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal seconded it.

Shahi accused Karki of exploiting the CIAA as an instrument to meet his personal and his family's ambitions. By ignoring the process, constitutional role and responsibilities since Karki institutionalised corruption, terrorised the state mechanism, blackmailed

Gagan Thapa, who had filed a proposal of public importance in July before his appointment as a minister, asking the Parliament to being discussions on demands raised by Dr Govinda KC, who had been staging fast-unto-death for demanding reforms in Nepal medical education sector and impeachment against Lok Man Singh Karki, pointed out that Karki's appointment was a mistake and opined that Parliament should not repeat any mistake by not impeaching Karki.

With signature of 157 lawmakers -- 107 from the main opposition CPN-UML and 50 from the ruling Maoist party -- the duo had registered the impeachment motion against the anti-graft body at the Parliament Secretariat last Wednesday.

After today's meeting, the House has been deferred for 15 days. The House meeting has been called for November 10 after the Chhath festival.