KATHMANDU: Although he was convicted as guilty for suppressing the people’s uprising of 2006 and the commission formed to probe the atrocities committed to suppress the movement recommended that Karki shall be ineligible to hold any public post, former Chief Secretary Lokman Singh Karki claims that he is eligible for chief of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA).
Responding to the Supreme Court (SC)’s order to furnish clarification in writing over his proposed appointment as the chief of the CIAA, an anti corruption watchdog, former chief secretary Karki has claimed that he is eligible for the post.
In his written clarification to the apex court on Sunday, Karki has claimed that no legitimate body has found him guilty of any criminal activity. He also urged SC to scrap the writ petition accusing the petitioner of character assassination.
Questioning the legal status of the report submitted by the Rayamajhi Commission, he has maintained that the facts mentioned in the report have not been proven. Karki has maintained that dozens of police and army personnel and other civil servants, who were found guilty by the Rayamajhi Commission, have been promoted and have retired after promotion. He also claimed that as he is receiving pension from the government so he is not ineligible for the post.
Acting upon a writ petition filed by advocate Om Prakash Aryal, a single bench of Justice Sushila Karki on March 22 had ordered the government to halt the appointment process stating that the Interim Election Council, which has been formed to hold fresh election, cannot take decision on issues that may have long-term effects.
The writ petitioner has claimed that Karki is not eligible for the post as he was involved in suppression of the April 2006 uprising. It is alleged that leaders of four major political parties agreed to appoint him for the top post of CIAA as he agreed to pay huge amount of money to leaders.
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