SC seeks documents on Karki's appointment as CIAA chief

KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court of Nepal on Friday sought official documents related to the appointment of Lok Man Singh Karki as the chief of Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority.

After a preliminary hearing on a writ filed by advocate Om Prakash Aryal, a full bench of three justices --Deepak Karki, Bishwambhar Shrestha and Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada-- today told the authorities to forge the documents related to his appointment along with the clarification that the government sought from him in 2007 when Karki was the chief secretary.

Karki was appointed as the chief of the anti-graft constitution body for six years in May 2013.

Earlier, a division bench of the apex court had quashed a petition that sought revocation of Karki's appointment as the CIAA chief.

The three justices today decided to study the documents -- related to Karki's appointment in the CIAA and the clarification that the Ministry of General Administration sought from the then Chief Secretary Karki in March 2007 -- before making any decision on whether to hear on the petition that would seek revocation of the government decision on the CIAA chief's appointment.

Aryal has asked the SC to see if Karki, who was accused of corruption and held responsible for suppression during the People's Movement II during the royal regime, was eligible to be the CIAA chief.