KATHMANDU: Despite opposition from all quarters, the constitutional council has nominated former Chief Secretary Lok Man Singh Karki as Chief Commissioner of the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority — as per the recommendations made by the High-level Political Mechanism.
Acting Chief Justice Damodar Prasad Sharma, who is also an ex-officio member of the council, informed that the council has named Karki as CIAA chief, Bhanu Acharya as Auditor General and Kaya Devi Yami as Chief Commissioner of Public Service Commission.
The decision came amid protest from Nepali Congress and CPN-UML two parties of the HLPC. Both the parties, which earlier agreed on the name of Karki, back-tracked their earlier decision following criticism from different quarters. Today itself Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala, who is also the chief of the High-level Political Mechanism — formed to ‘facilitate’ the electoral process, said his party would never back Karki’s candidacy for chief of the country’s main anti-corruption body.
A section of the Nepali press and a group of civil society members had been lobbying hard against his appointment.
A civil society group staged dharna (sit-in) in front of Singha Durbar on Sunday to protest the preparations to appoint controversial former chief secretary Karki as the chief of the CIAA.
The protesters demanded that the Constitutional Council (CC) reject the four-party mechanism’s recommendation to appoint Karki considering accusation of corruption against him along with misuse of power to suppress Janandolan-2.
The Rayamajhi Commission, formed to investigate the atrocities committed during the period of royal regime has stated that Karki was involved in suppressing the people’s movement II and recommended that he would be ineligible for any public post in the future. It is said that all the parties agreed on Karki’s name as he agreed to pay hefty sum of money to the leaders of the political parties.
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