KATHMANDU: Despite protests from various quarters, the President has endorsed the recommendation of the Constitutional Council to appoint former chief secretary Lokman Singh Karki to the post of Chief Commissioner of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), the constitutional anti-graft body.
President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav administered oath of office to Karki and amidst a function at President’s Office this morning. President Yadav also administered oath of office to Bhanubhakta Acharya as the Auditor General, and Kayo Devi Yami as the head of the Public Service Commission.
The appointments were made on the basis of recommendations made by the four parties’ High Level Political Committee for the appointments in key constitutional bodies.
President made the appointment following a meeting of the Chairperson of the Interim Election Council Khil Raj Regmi and leaders of four major political parties on Tuesday evening. During the meeting Nepali Congress and CPN-UML have expressed reservation over the appointment of Karki.
Earlier President has also expressed concern over Karki’s appointment for the top post of the anti-graft watchdog and urged the political parties to re-consider their recommendation. It is said that there was pressure from India to appoint Karki as the chief of anti-graft watchdog.
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.
Meanwhile, police arrested civil society leaders Kanak Mani Dixit, Sambhu Thapa, Human rights activist Charan Prasain and son of Martyr Drona Regmi among others while they were trying to organize protest program in front of the President’s Office before the swearing-in ceremony of Chief Commissioner of the CIAA Karki. Meanwhile student unions have started protest programs in front of public campuses in the valley. They informed that the joint meeting of the student unions affiliated with different political parties slated for 11 a.m. this morning will announce more strict protest programs.
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