Neither Silwal nor Chand Aryal beat the Nepal Police IG race

Kathmandu: The government finally appointed Deputy Inspector General Prakash Aryal, the second in the rank among four DIGs to a post of Inspector General of the Nepal Police on Monday night.

Before taking the final decision to this regard, the cabinet meeting held in the first interval formed a committee of four members of the government secretaries. They include Home Secretary, Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Law Secretary and Acting Inspector General of the Nepal Police.

The committee was authorised to submit and recommend possible name of IGP from two possible candidates– DIGs Nava Raj Silwal and Prakash Aryal. Previously IG recommended DIG Jaya Bahadur Chand's name had been quashed by the Supreme Court's verdict on March 21.   

The committee was advised to instantly recommend the name of new IGP based upon on seniority, work efficiency and work performance along with accountability and ability to lead the organisation.

The cabinet meeting that resumed following half-an-hour break after receiving the report and the evaluation made by the committee appointed Aryal as new IGP of the Nepal Police.  

“The government gave the charge of IG to Aryal upon the recommendation and the highest marks obtained by him,” said Minister for Information and Communications Surendra Kumar Karki.

Before taking the charge of IG, Aryal had to receive the promotion letter of the Additional Inspector General (AIG) and then the will be conferred IG insignia.

According to a highly placed source, as soon as the Aryal became IG, he was first called to receive the promotion letter of AIG at the Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday night.

The Supreme Court on March 21 quashed the government's February 12's decision to appoint DIG Jaya Bahadur Chand as IG of the Nepal Police. The apex court directed the government to take into account merit and seniority, as mentioned in Nepal Police Regulations-1992 AD.

On the March 21 verdict, the court had further said that based on the ranking as stated in the Nepal Police Regulations, Nava Raj Silwal, has got the highest point followed by Prakash Aryal, Bam Bahadur Bhandari and Chand.

According to the Regulations, promotion of officials to the post of IG should be based on seniority, work efficiency and work performance along with accountability and ability to lead and encourage those under him/her.