Former Secretary Madhav Regmi has been proposed as the new chief of the Public Service Commission, the legislative body responsible for the recruitment of government employees, at a meeting of the Constitutional Council.
Regmi was proposed for the chief commissioner’s post, which has been vacant since incumbent Umesh Prasad Mainali retired a few months ago, at a council meeting chaired by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Sunday morning.
Regmi, a permanent resident of Oli’s hometown of Jhapa, had retired as the PSC secretary in July 2016. He had been campaigning for the seat of late, despite being loyal to the main opposition Nepali Congress.
Justice Kumar Regmi’s older brother, Regmi, is a Supreme Court Justice. In March, Justice Regmi was a member of the bench that ordered the CPN-UML and the CPN-Maoist Centre to be reinstated to their pre-2018 roles. The verdict elevated Prime Minister Oli, who had previously been a weak member of the Nepal Communist Party, to a position of influence. As a result, many have perceived Oli’s choice of Madhav Regmi as the PSC chairman as a favor to Justice Regmi, who had granted him relief two months earlier.
Two members of the Constitutional Council, Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota and main opposition leader Sher Bahadur Deuba, boycotted the meeting today, protesting the government’s decision to issue an ordinance allowing the council to make decisions by simple majority vote.
The Supreme Court is currently hearing a few writ petitions challenging the ordinance. Chief Justice Cholendra Shamsher Rana, however, was present at the meeting.