KATHMANDU, Jan 18: Former chief commissioner of Nepal’s anti-corruption body CIAA Lokman Singh Karki has returned his diplomatic passport — commonly known as red passport– to the department of passport, informed Director General of Department of Passports, Sushil Kumar Lamsal.
He had returned it via one of his fellow-workers last Thursday. The department had provided him the diplomatic passport on October 6, 2013.
Former Chief Karki had left for New Delhi with his wife on Sunday– that was just days after the Supreme Court had relieved him of his post stating that he was not eligible for constitutional position.
Karki assumed CIAA office in May, 2013 regardless of facing charges by the Rayamajhi commission of having suppressed the people’s movement.
He was widely criticized for his appointment as the Chief Commissioner of Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority and was deemed ineligible to head CIAA by the supreme court of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.
He was suspended from the post on 21 October 2016. In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court on 8 January 2017, disqualified Lokman Singh Karki as the chief of the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority.