DIG Thapa challenges ‘junior’ Kharel’s promotion at apex court

Kathmandu: Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Parbati Thapa has filed a writ petition at the Supreme Court roday challenging the promotion of DIG Upendra Kanta Aryal to the post of Additional Inspector General (AIG).
The government had decided to promote Aryal to the AIG last Friday after AIG Binod Singh retired a few weeks ago closing the door for Thapa to be the first female Inspector General (IGP) of the country. Following the decision of the government to promote Aryal to the post of AIG, he is almost sure to replace the incumbent IGP Kuber Sing Rana. Rana is going to retire on November 5.
AIG is the second highest post in the Nepal Police.
DIG Thapa, in her writ petition, has demanded the revocation of the government decision to promote Aryal to the post of AIG arguing that promotion was a violation of the seniority provision in the Nepal Police. Thapa, an aspirant for the AIG, was a most senior among the DIGs.
DIG Thapa, in her writ petition, also sought an interim order to make her AIG. She has made Office of Council of Ministers, Ministry of Home and Nepal Police hadquarters as the defendants in her writ petitions.