Monday, July 24, 2006

SC seeks clarification from government for not suspending security chief

The Supreme Court on Sunday ordered the government to present clarification for not taking action against the Chief of the Army Staff (CoAS), Gen. Pyar Jung Thapa, acting Inspector General of the Armed Police Force (APF) Bashu Dev Oli and APF DIG Dilip Shrestha for their role during the Jana Andolan (people’s movement) II.

Acting upon a writ petition, a single bench of justice Badri Kumar Basnet issued the orders.
The Court, which accorded top priority to the case, asked the government to furnish replies within 15 days.

Passing the orders, Justice Basnet also said that the court would hold a discussion on July 30 on whether Gen. Thapa, Oli and Shrestha should be suspended or allowed to stay in office in the context of suspension of other security officials facing charges of playing a role in the suppression of the April movement.

Acting upon a recommendation of the High level Commission formed to probe the atrocities committed during the pro-democracy movement of the country, the government had suspended nine security officials, including chiefs of the civil police, armed police and National Investigation Department.

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