The Ministry of Home Affairs today wrote a letter to the Election Commission, seeking the poll body’s consent in relation to transfer of Kathmandu police chief SSP Ramesh Kharel.
A consent from the EC has been sought in view of by-elections slated for June 22 in four constituencies.
“We have received a letter from the home ministry,” Election Commissioner Bir Bahadur Rai said. “We will discuss the matter tomorrow, as we received the letter late in the evening today.”
MoHA initiated the process to transfer SSP Kharel, in-charge of Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu, following his alleged public remarks at a function on Saturday that DIGs aspiring to become AIGs rush to visit ministers with cash-laden briefcases to secure their promotion.
The Nepal Police Headquarters on Sunday had formed a three-member probe panel to investigate the alleged ‘objectionable remarks’, establish the fact. The panel has been given seven days to submit its report.
Sources said preparations that were on to transfer SSP Kharel and appoint SSP Uttam Karki, Deputy Chief of Central Investigation Bureau, in his place, have been put on hold following today’s letter to the EC.