KATHMANDU, July 15: KATHMANDU, JULY 15
Nepal Police has recommended the names of candidates for 11 new posts of Additional Inspector General (AIG).
The list released on Saturday does not include some top candidates including DIG Navaraj Silwal and DIG Hemant Pal.
Hearings are due on a writ petition filed at the Supreme Court by DIG Silwal against the appointment of a new IGP .
The proposed names include Bam Bahadur Bhandari, Jai Bahadur Chand, Devendra Subedi, Pashupati Upadhyay, Keshav Raj Ghimire, Madhav Prasad Joshi, Bijay Lal Kayastha, Kamal Singh Bam, Mingmar Lama, Rann Bahadur Chand, and Bijay Kumar Bhatta. The names need to be endorsed by the Cabinet before they are promoted.
Based on internal rankings, Bhandari, Chand and Subedi have been placed in the first, second and third positions in the list with 80.51 points, 77.006 points and 76.03 points respectively.
Prior to this, Chand and Bhandari were respectively in third and fourth positions in the Nepal Police rankings. The internal ranking is considered important as it plays a key role in the appointment of the IGP.
In a statement, Nepal Police chief Prakash Aryal said that the selections were made by the Promotion Recommendations Committee in accordance with Nepal Police guidelines. Police officials said most of the candidates were handpicked by Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and Home Minister Janardan Sharma.
Five out of the six DIGs in the Nepal Police representing the far-western region have made it into the recommendation list. Prime Minister Deuba hails from far western Nepal.
The recommendations come a week after the Cabinet increased the number of AIG positions to 11 amid opposition from various quarters including within the police.
The additional positions were created at Deuba's behest. He is said to be grooming DIG Bijay Kumar Bhatt, who is last in the list recommended, as a potential IGP.
The list of AIG posts was reduced to three from seven under then prime minister Sushil Koirala in 2015 after controversy arose regarding the recommendations.
SSP recommended for promotion to DIG
Meanwhile, Nepal Police Spokesperson Sarbendra Khanal and celebrated police officer Ramesh Kharel have been recommended for promotion from the rank of Senior Superintendent of Police to the DIG. The officers were recommended for promotion alongside 13 others SSPs by the Promotion Recommendation Committee of Nepal Police.
The other candidates for the post include Pushkar Karki, Uttam Karki, Bhog Bahadur Thapa, Pushkal Raj Regmi, Pawan Kharel, Chabbilal Joshi, Manoj Neupane, Bikram Shah, Thule Rai, Sarad Chand, Dhiru Basnet, Pushpa Chandra Ranjit and Suresh Bikram Shah.
The name-list of DIG candidates was released just hours after the announcement of eleven AIG candidates.
The list released by Nepal Police puts Sarbendra Khanal at the top of promotion ranking with 84.47 points, followed by another SSP Ramesh Kharel with 83.85 points. The ranking is based on merit and seniority.
Similarly, SSPs Pushkar Karki and Uttam Karki are respectively at the third and fourth position with 78.23 and 78. 18 points, respectively.
"The names were recommended by the Promotion Recommendation Committee alongside the names of the AIGs," said SSP Khanal.