Supreme Court stays govt’s decision to sack NOC Chief Khadka

Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) Executive Director Gopal Bahadur Khadka

KATHMANDU, Oct 8: The Supreme Court has issued an interim order, asking the government not to expel Gopal Bahadur Khadka from the post of Executive Director at Nepal Oil Corporation.

A single bench of Justice Purushottam Bhandari issued the stay order on Sunday urging government not to implement its decision of sacking Khadka.

Khadka had filed a writ petition at the SC on September 20, arguing that he was sacked by the government against the principle of natural justice.

He, in the petition, said he was not given a chance to furnish clarification while deciding to terminate him from the post.

And, he was appointed for four year’s term and still waiting one and half year to complete the tenure.

The government on September 18 had sacked Khadka upon the recommendation of the parliamentary committee after he was found committing financial irregularities worth multi-million rupees while procuring land for building oil storage facilities facilities in different parts of the country. 

Minister for Supplies Shiva Kumar Mandal had tabled the proposal to remove Khadka at the Cabinet meeting.

Government sacks NOC Chief Gopal Bahadur Khadka