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Supreme Court bars govt from taking action against Silwal

Kathmandu, April 25

The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a stay order, barring the government from taking any action against DIG Nawaraj Silwal, who has been accused of forging performance evaluation documents.

A division bench of justices Jagadish Sharma Paudel, Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada and Tej Bahadur KC made the order, arguing a case concerning the issue is still sub-judice at the apex court.

A full bench is scheduled to conduct the final hearing on May 2 on the writ filed by Silwal demanding that he be made the Inspector General of Nepal Police.

Now, the government or the Nepal Police Headquarters cannot take any action against Silwal before the final verdict, according to lawyer Tikaram Bhattarai, who advocated on Silwal’s side at the court today.

Just yesterday, police had detained Silwal from his lawyer’s house and released after recording statements.

The Headquarters has been doing an investigation into the reported document forgery by Silwal for the performance evaluation. He has been accused of putting his name in the then DIG Prakash Aryal’s performance papers and submitting them to the court in a bid to secure the post of Inspector General for himself.

Earlier, Silwal had filed a case at the Supreme Court against the appointment of his batchmate Jaya Bahadur Chand to the post in February.  The Court, consequently, had revoked the Cabinet decision to appoint Chand.

The government later appointed Aryal to the top position citing his performance score was the highest among four contenders including Silwal, Chand and Bam Bahadur Bhandari.

Silwal again filed a writ at the Supreme Court claiming the decision was wrong, but the writ is still sub-judice.

 

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