Kathmandu – The Supreme Court has issued an interim order to reinstate the then Member Secretary of the National Sports Council (NSC) Ramesh Silwal, who was sacked by the Deuba government almost two months ago.
The Council of Ministers had sacked Silwal on October 18 stating that his clarification was not satisfactory. Silwal had moved the court against the government’s decision to sack him. A single bench of Justice Hari Phuyal on Wednesday issued an order to reinstate Silwal to his former post. Silwal informed that the apex court has ordered him to take charge of the NSC and has also barred his predecessor Tanka Lal Ghising from performing any work in the capacity of NSC member secretary.
The Council of Ministers had appointed Ghising as the new member secretary on November 29 upon the recommendation of Minister for Youth and Sports Maheshwar Jung Gahatraj.
This is the first time that a writ petition has been filed at the Supreme Court following the sacking of NSC member secretary as per the National Sports Development Act 2077. The KP Oli-led government had appointed Silwal as the member secretary of National Sports Council during the beginning of the last fiscal year.
Sports Minister Gahatraj had also sacked nine members of the NSC who were appointed by the Oli government. The new sports minister had also appointed eight members in their place.
It may be noted that the Supreme Court had reinstated the then NSC Member Secretary Yubaraj Lama who was sacked by the then Sports Minister Puroshattam Poudel seven years ago.