No sooner had Jaya Bahadur Chand been appointed by the government as the new Inspector General (IG) of the Nepal Police than he found himself in a quandary after the Supreme Court (SC) on Sunday issued a stay order on implementing the decision for the time being.
A meeting of the Council of Ministers held this morning had appointed Chand the new IGP of the Nepal Police as the incumbent IGP, Upendra Kant Aryal, is retiring on February 13 on completing his 30-year service tenure.
A single bench of Chief Justice Sushila Karki had issued the interim order in response to a writ filed by advocate Kapil Dev Dhakal.
In his writ filed on Friday, when speculations were rife that Chand would be appointed to the position, Dhakal had argued that Chand’s selection would violate the principle of seniority in the police organisation.
Chand was a junior and ranked third after DIGs Nawa Raj Silwal and Prakash Aryal.
Meanwhile, the SC has summoned the petitioner and defendants of the case to the next hearing.
Similarly, DIG Nava Raj Silwal himself had filed a writ at the SC demanding he be appointed the IGP on the basis of seniority. Silwal is the chief of the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of the Nepal Police.
Silwal, Aryal and Chand joined the police service on April 11, 1988 as inspectors.
Chand, who served as the district police chief in Kathmandu and Parsa, was promoted to Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) on December 19, 2011. He had also served as the chief of the Far Western Regional Office of the Nepal Police and Metropolitan Traffic Police Division.
He will retire from the position of IGP on March 18, 2018 because of the 30-year service limit.
Meanwhile, the government has appointed Singha Bahadur Shrestha as the new Inspector General of the Armed Police Force. Shrestha will replace the incumbent IGP, Durja Kumar Rai, who is also retiring on February 13.