SC to govt: promote four more DIGs

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Sep 24, 2014-

The Supreme Court has ordered the government to promote four more deputy inspector generals (DIG) of Nepal Police to the post of additional inspector general (AIG).

Responding to two separate petitions which challenged the August 14 promotion of nine DIGs to AIG post, a division bench of Justices Deepak Raj Joshi and Om Prakash Mishra issued the order to this effect on Wednesday.

Although Nepal Police Regulations envision only seven AIG posts, two additional seats were created with the promotion of nine DIGs last month. The court verdict has once again raised the number of AIGs to 13—six more than the number permitted by the Nepal Police  Regulations.

Two separate petitions were filed at the SC by DIGs Yadav Adhikari, Parshuram Khatri, Biswo Raj Shahi and Sushil Bar Singh Thapa against the promotion of nine DIGs. They had claimed that the promotion of nine officers to AIG position was against the existing law.

The plaintiffs had also claimed that Kedar Saud, one of the promoted officers, was from the batch junior to theirs.

The court, in its verdict, has said senior officers should not be barred from promotion.

Besides Saud, a meeting of the Cabinet in August had promoted Rajendra Singh Bhandari, Surendra Bahadur Shah, Bigyan Raj Sharma, Pratap Singh Thapa, Birendra Babu Shrestha, Ramesh Shekhar Bajracharya, Ganesh Rai and Narayan Bastakoti to AIG rank.

Bajracharya and Saud were recommended by the Home Secretary-level promotion committee. Their nominations were later rejected by a review panel headed by Public Service Commission Chairperson Kayo Devi Yami. The committee had also disapproved the promotion recommendations for Rai and Bastakoti. All four officers were promoted despite the committee’s refusal.

Meanwhile, Govinda Kusum, former home secretary, has said that Nepal Police desperately needs lower ranking officers like assistant sub inspector and assistant inspector instead of AIGs.

“Why do we need big head and small legs inside the police administration?” he said adding that such decisions would only invite huge state expenditure. “Additional AIG means over million rupees burden for the state. At a time when the country is preparing to adopt federalism, when its is still unknown what type of state restructuring we will have, installing more senior police post would only invite disillusion within the police force,” he said.

Published: 25-09-2014 09:12

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