SC upholds NEA board reshuffleThe Supreme Court has upheld the decision of the government to sack three board members of the Nepal Electricity Authority.
The Supreme Court has upheld the decision of the government to sack three board members of the Nepal Electricity Authority.
A division bench of Chief Justice Sushila Karki and Justice Jagadish Sharma Poudel issued the verdict on Tuesday.
Last week, a single bench of Justice Prakash Man Singh Raut had issued a show-cause notice to Energy Minister Janardan Sharma, seeking clarification why the NEA board members were sacked. The bench had also issued an interim order to put the decision on hold.
On December 19, the Energy Ministry had sacked Manoj Kumar Mishra, Laxman Prasad Agrawal and Suraj Lamichhane on the charges of obstructing the reforms process initiated by NEA Managing Director Kulman Ghising.
Ghising has made power supply in Kathmandu Valley regular since October-end. He had denied dedicated supply of power to some industries, which effectively ended load-shedding hours in the Valley.
The dismissed members had moved the apex court challenging their ouster.
As the hearing was going on, a group of youths demonstrated at Maitighar near the court demanding annulment of the interim order in order to allow Ghising to work effectively. Police detained dozens of demonstrators briefly.