KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court on Sunday approved the promotion of Kuber Singh Rana to the post of Additional Inspector General of Nepal Police, saying the charges of human rights violation against him could not be established.
A division bench of justices Kalyan Shrestha and Tarka Raj Bhatta, however, directed the government to promulgate law to prevent the people who are accused of human rights violations from assuming the public posts.
Rana was promoted to the AIG on June 22, 2011 and appointed the Metropolitan Police Commissioner.
The senior-most AIG, Rana is taken for a strong candidate for the top post of Nepal Police when Inspector General Rabindra Pratap Shah retires in September.
On June 27, 2011 advocates Sunil Ranjan Singh and Dipendra Jha had moved the apex court against the government decision to promote Rana, an accused in the alleged killing of some youth in Dhanusha in October 2003 on the suspicion that they were Maoists.
On January 29, 2008, the National Human Rights Commission had recommended action against Rana, then SSP Chuda Bahadur Shrestha, Army Major Anup Adhikary, deployed at the Dharapani-based barracks in Dhanusha, and CDO Rewati Raman Kafle, in connection with the ‘killing’.