Prez, PM informed; Karki can't discharge duties in CIAA for now

KATHMANDU: The Parliament Secretariat on Wednesday evening sent separate letters to President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal and the Constitutional Council to inform them about the impeachment motion against the chief of anti-corruption constitutional body, Lok Man Singh Karki.

After the commencement of impeachment proceedings as per the Article 101 of Nepal's Constitution, the powerful chief of the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) faces automatic suspension as he would not be allowed to discharge the duties of his office till the proceedings are settled.

Speaker Onsari Gharti's aide Babin Sharma said letters were handed over to the concerned authorities -- the Office of the President, the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Minister and the Constitutional Council.

Karki, who returned to Kathmandu after a foreign trip today evening itself, was also sent a letter informing him about the impeachment motion and that he would not be allowed to discharge the duties as the CIAA chief for the time being.

With as many as 157 lawmakers of CPN-UML and CPN Maoist Centre as signatories, the impeachment motion against the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority chief was filed at the Parliament Secretariat earlier this evening in accordance with the Article 101(2) of Nepal's Constitution and Rule 168(2) of Legislature-Parliament Regulations.

At the House meeting scheduled for 1 pm tomorrow, Speaker Gharti would fix the date and time for the discussion on the impeachment motion, according to the Parliament Secretariat.

Maoist lawmaker Mahendra Bahadur Shahi is the proposer of the motion and CPN-UML chief whip Bhanubhakta Dhakal the seconder.