Review of Silwal case on: AG’s office

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Mar 6, 2018-

Amid criticism that Nawaraj Silwal was sworn in as a House of Representatives member on Sunday despite charges of document forgery against him, the Attorney General’s Office has said the case is being reviewed.

Around a month after Nepal Police prepared the case, the AG’s office has maintained silence over investigation documents concerning former deputy inspector general Silwal.

While police and the AG’s office actively worked to file the case against Silwal when Sher Bahadur Deuba was the prime minister, the AG Office seems to have put the case on the back burner.

“The government attorney is reviewing the case. They can either submit the case to the court or ask police to complete the investigation if evidence does not back their claim,” said Sanjeev Raj Regmi, spokesperson for the AG Office. “The document is currently under review.”

Government Attorney Surya Raj Dahal claimed that there was no interference from the government in Silwal’s case. “We are reviewing the document. It’ll take time,” said Dahal.

The Metropolitan Police Range, Teku, submitted Silwal’s case to the government attorney on February 14. In the case, police had presented evidences of Silwal producing a “forged” document. A forensic test proved the document to be counterfeit while it also found disparity between the evaluation documents recorded at the Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Nepal Police Headquarters.

Kathmandu Police started probing Silwal on December 20 after the Supreme Court directed the government to take action against those involved in forging his performance evaluation report. Following court directives, the police headquarters handed the case to the police 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 PSC and petitioner Silwal. The SC had called for a thorough probe and ordered action against those involved in forging the document.

On January 2, the police issued an arrest warrant against Silwal, who is now a UML member in the House of Representatives. After failing to locate Silwal, the police headquarters had issued a circular to the police offices in the seven provinces to hunt for him.

Published: 06-03-2018 07:31

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