Show cause notice issued on IG appointment

KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a show cause notice to the government in relation to a writ filed against the appointment of Prakash Aryal as the Inspector General of Nepal Police.

A single bench of Justice Ishwori Prasad Khatiwada issued the order in response to a writ filed by DIG Nawa Raj Silwal yesterday.

The government on Monday had appointed Aryal to the top cop's position. Following the appointment, Silwal had moved the apex court, claiming he had the better performance score and hence he should be appointed to the post.

The Court, however, did not issue the stay order as demanded by Silwal.

Earlier, Silwal had challenged the government’s February 12 decision to appoint Jaya Bahadur Chand as the IGP and got it revoked.

In its March 21 verdict, the Supreme Court had observed that Silwal had fared best in merit and seniority among the four contenders, and directed the government to appoint the most competent contender the Nepal Police chief as per the Rule 41 of the Nepal Police Regulations, other established norms, the chain of command of Nepal Police and petitioner [Nawaraj Silwal]’s legitimate expectation. This was widely interpreted as the SC’s order to appoint Silwal the IGP.