Pleading date set for contempt of court case against Deuba

KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court has set the pleading date for the contempt of court case against Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba for Thursday.

Advocate Hari Prasad Mainali has dragged Deuba to the apex court after the Nepali Congress Central Working Committee decided that the Supreme Court’s order to revoke the Cabinet decision regarding appointment of Jaya Bahadur Chand as the Nepal Police’s chief was an invasion into the executive’s jurisdiction. The petitioner has claimed that Deuba, in Biratnagar on March 31, had publicly said that the IGP appointment was the government’s job, and challenged the SC order.

The SC cause-list for today did not incorporate the petition today. Since tomorrow is a public holiday, the SC has set the pleading date for Thursday, according to Mainali.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court will decide whether to send the case to a single bench that day, he said.

If found guilty, the defendant will have to face a jail term of up to one year and a penalty of Rs 1,00,000 or both.

The sixth point of the Nepali Congress party’s decision had said that the March 21 order was against the principle of power separation and the provision of Constitution about rights of the executive.

Earlier, rumours were rife that Deuba exerted undue pressure on Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs Bimalendra Nidhi to appoint Chand to the post of chief of Nepal Police even if it would violate the tradition of seniority.

Deuba, however, had denied the accusations after the Cabinet decision to appoint Chand to the top post.

“The appointment of the Inspector General is solely the Cabinet’s jurisdiction,” Deuba had said in a statement, “In this issue, I do not and cannot have any involvement in any form as the Nepali Congress President.”