Nepal government on Sunday withdrew the security cover provided to them Chief Justice Cholendra Shamsher Rana Even as he increased police deployment and surveillance around his residence, it was alleged that he was put under house arrest.
The development came a day after Rana took a step to remove him from office as the House of Representatives, which was due to hear the impeachment motion against him, ended his term on Saturday. General elections are to be held in Nepal on 20 November.
sources told Indian Express President Vidya Devi Bhandari has taken note of the development, especially when she invited Rana to attend the official Constitution Day event on Monday.
Chief Justice Rana is in the eye of a storm as lawmakers from the ruling coalition have sought his impeachment on charges of corruption and certain decisions they consider controversial.
He has since accused outgoing Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and some other leaders of the coalition government of conspiring to replace him with a junior judge.
Rana, who is preparing to start office on Sunday, said the government has restricted his movement by deploying troops in and around his official residence in Kathmandu.
“I am literally under house arrest,” he told some friends of the establishment over the phone. He later told The Indian Express that his security cover, which included that of Army personnel, had been withdrawn.
The government did not comment on Rana’s claims.
The impeachment motion against the Chief Justice was filed in February this year. It also suspended them by default.
The House of Representatives has ceased to exist, and the motion has not been taken up, with the country’s legal fraternity divided over an important question: whether the motion expired with the term of the House, thus removing Rana’s suspension, or was it It will be the property of the next session after the new government comes to power.
Former Prime Minister KP Oli, who slammed the Deuba government for “house arrest” of the Chief Justice, said the impeachment motion against Rana was now “irrelevant”.
With the Chief Justice retiring on December 13, some political observers feel that the ruling coalition deliberately sat on an impeachment motion against Rana for six months to allow his suspension to continue.