Police seek semi-judicial rights
Senior police officers have demanded semi-judicial rights to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner's Office (MPCO).
Speaking at a function organised on the occasion of the 13th anniversary of the establishment of Metropolitan Police on Sunday, they said that the police have felt difficulty to go to action in absence of such rights. Additional Inspector General (AIG) of Nepal Police Pushkar Karki said that a the metro police concept was implemented in Nepal, the police still lack independent policing laws even 12 years after MPCO was created. The Metropolitan Police is currently serving its duties and service being a handicapped unit in absence of the clear legal authorities, AIG Karki said. Former AIG Navaraj Dhakal said that even the Police Headquarters was not giving priority to grant semi-judicial rights to the metro police. The head office of the metropolitan police units is Metropolitan Police Commissioner's Office (MPCO) located near Ranipokhari. Former Home Secretary Shrikanta Regmi said that due to political interference and fearing that the metro police will become more powerful than the leaders, the government was not ready to grant semi-judicial rights to the police.