Karki ignores apex court summonsLokman Singh Karki, the suspended chief of the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority, has ignored the summons to appear before the Supreme Court to discuss a case related to his appointment.
Lokman Singh Karki, the suspended chief of the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority, has ignored the summons to appear before the Supreme Court to discuss a case related to his appointment.
Karki’s appointment as the head of the constitutional body in 2013 has been challenged in the court arguing that he narrowly misses the government service period, and the moral character, required for the office.
Karki neither showed up in the court nor requested for additional days to attend it. “The court has not received any request from him for additional time,” said SC Joint Spokesman Bishwaraj Poudel.
The court had served him the summons on October 18, a month after it was issued by the court. Court officials had pasted the notice at his residence since Karki was unavailable to receive it.
The court had asked Karki to present himself within 15 days of receiving
As per the court rule, Karki can ask for additional 15 days to respond to the summons. “The court proceedings will follow its course even if he does not respond to the summons,” said Poudel.
The technocratic government led by then chief justice Khil Raj Regmi had appointed Karki as the chief commissioner at the corruption watchdog. Since Parliament had then been dissolved, his appointment did not go through parliamentary vetting.
Three days after the court notice was served, an impeachment motion was registered against Karki in Parliament, leading to his automatic suspension.