Nepal House starts impeachment procedure against anti-graft chief

Chiefs of 4 parties slammed for recommending Karki.

Written by Yubaraj Ghimire | Kathmandu | Published:October 26, 2016 1:51 am

Nepal Parliament Tuesday began debates — the first stage of initiating impeachment proceedings against Lokman Singh Karki, chief of the anti-graft constitutional body — but along with Karki, the alleged “India factor” and top leaders of four major parties who had recommended him for the post, also came in for sharp criticism

“Karki was acting above law, constitution, and with vendetta and he needs to be removed from the post at the earliest,” Bhanu Bhakta Dhaka, a member of the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist, said while moving the motion.

Congress leader and Health Minister Gagan Thapa who was cheered by the members cutting across party lines said “we had opposed right from the beginning when we heard he is being appointed. Our party chairman said, we could not stop him, we lost. The President of the country had also said the same thing,”

“We have a right to know who were the actual winners, and whom we did we lose to?”, he said without explicitly mentioning India. He was referring to articles and columns written by well-known columnists in the country that a top R&AW official had lobbied for Karki, as top leaders, including the President, succumbed to it.

While Karki was criticised by almost all the members who spoke on Tuesday, chiefs of the four parties — Nepali Congress, UML, Maoists and Madhesi Forum — who had unanimously recommended him for the post some 45 months ago, were not spared either.

Anuradha Thapa, member of the Nepal Mazdoor Kisan Party, said the chiefs of all the four parties must be held accountable for choosing a “wrong person”.

Out of the four leaders who recommended him for the post, Sushil Koirala died early this year, then UML chief Jhalnath Khanal is away in Japan, while Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” is the Prime Minister, and Bijay Kumar Gachedar continues to be the floor leader of his Party.

Speaker Onsari Gharti adjourned the House for 15 days — it is to reassemble on November 10 — giving an indication that the parties need more time to consult outside.