There's no dispute over IGP appointment, claims govt spokesperson
Communication minister and government spokesperson Raj Kishor Yadav Thursday claimed that there was no dispute between Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai and Deputy PM and Home Minister Bijaya Gachchhadar over the candidate for the new Inspector General of Nepal Police.
Speaking to reporters in Biratnagar, Yadav said the cabinet would appoint the new police chief in a few days "through normal procedure". According to him, the IGP would be picked from among the three candidates - Additional Inspector Generals (AIGs) Kuber Singh Rana, Nabaraj Dhakal and Bhisma Prasai.
The government spokesperson's explanation comes at a time when the government has not been able to name the acting IGP who will succeed Rabindra Pratap Shah. Sources said Prime Minister Bhattarai wants to appoint AIG Kuber Singh Rana, who is the most senior among the AIGs, to the top police post while Home Minister Gachchhadar is persistently backing Prasai, who comes 3rd in seniority.
Recently, Rana got clean chit from the Supreme Court over the charges of human rights violations while Prasai is alleged to have assisted Biratnagar-based UML youth leader Parasuram Basnet's criminal gang to consolidate its position when he was the head of the regional police office there.
IGP Shah retires on September 14 after completing 30 years in police service. As per tradition, he he was supposed to take mandatory leave for a month before retirement but had to stay on with the government not being able to name his successor. nepalnews.com