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Friday, 21 October 2016

Update: Lokman Singh Karki still in govt quarters despite his suspension

Posted by Anup Baral | October 22, 2016 :
As many as 157 lawmakers from the governing CPN (Maoist Centre) and the main opposition CPN-UML on Wednesday evening registered an impeachment motion against Lokman Singh Karki, chief of the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), at the Parliament Secretariat. The impeachment motion was registered hours after Parliament formed an 11-member impeachment recommendation committee in line with the constitution. As per Article 101 (2) of the constitution, one fourth of the total number of sitting members of the House of Representatives may move a motion of impeachment against the chief justice or a judge of the Supreme Court, member of the Judicial Council, chief or official of a constitutional body on the ground of his or her failure to fulfil his or her duties of office because of serious violation of the constitution and law, incompetence or misconduct or failure to discharge the duties of office honestly or serious violation of the code of conduct. As per Article 101 (6), after the commencement of impeachment proceedings, the person in question shall not be allowed to discharge the duties of his or her office pending the settlement of such proceedings. The impeachment motion, was handed over to Manohar Prasad Bhattarai, general secretary of the Parliament Secretariat at around 4:45. The Parliament Secretariat late on Wednesday dispatched letters to the Office of the President, the Office of the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers, the Constitutional Council and Karki informing about the registration of impeachment motion and his suspension. Speaker Onasari Gharti told the Post that she had been informed about the registration of the impeachment proposal against Karki with the signatures of 157 lawmakers.

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