Silwal spotted in parliament

- Manish Gautam, Kathmandu

Mar 4, 2018-

Former Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Nepal Police and newly-elected lawmaker Nawaraj Silwal, who is in the most wanted list of police for a document forgery case, was spotted at the parliament building premises in New Baneshwor on Saturday.

Clad in a black suit and a Nepali dhaka topi, Silwal reached the Parliament building around 11 am to attend a joint Parliamentary Party meeting of the CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre). The meeting was called to train Members of Parliament ahead of the federal parliament meeting scheduled Monday.

Trainers oriented parliamentarians on various aspects of parliamentary decorum. Leaders planned this orientation since there are many new lawmakers from both the parties.

Police searched for Silwal high and low after the Supreme Court (SC) ordered the government to initiate action against him. The top court had concluded Silwal submitted to the SC forged appraisal reports seeking his appointment as chief of Nepal Police.

Nepal Police Spokesperson Deputy Inspector General of Police Manoj Neupane said, “We have already submitted Silwal’s case to the government attorney. It is up to them to submit the case to court or dismiss it. We don’t have the authority to speak about it.”

DIG Neupane referred to February 14 case when the police submitted Silwal’s file to the government attorney’s office. The case is still under review. 

In the file police submitted evidence to prove Silwal had produced a counterfeit document. A forensic test has proved the document is counterfeit while it also does not match with the evaluation documents stored at the Public Service Commission and the Nepal Police Headquarters.

Kathmandu police started investigating Silwal on December 20 after the SC directed the government to take action against those involved in forging his performance evaluation report. Following the court directives, Nepal Police headquarters handed the case to the range.

The apex court, in the full text of its decision on the case concerning the appointment of the police chief, said there were discrepancies between the performance evaluation reports presented by the Public Service Commission and petitioner Silwal.

The SC had called for a thorough investigation and ordered action against those involved in forging the document. On January 2, the Nepal Police issued an arrest warrant against Silwal, who is now a member of the House of Representatives on CPN-UML ticket. 

Published: 04-03-2018 07:57

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