Kathmandu, May 4: Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav, ordered General Rookmangud Katawal to remain as Army Chief defying Prime Minister Prachanda's decision to sack him. Yadav retained Katawal as dismissal by PM does not meet the constitutional requirements and due process.
"Since the dismissal of the army chief and the new appointment do not meet the constitutional requirements and due process, I hereby direct you to continue as the chief of the Nepali army," Nepal"s president said in a letter to Gen Katawal on Sunday, May 3 night.
Yadav, who is also the supreme commander of the Nepal army intervened in the issue after the 18 political parties urged the President to protect the "constitution and block action against army chief."
Soon after the government decision to sack Katawal, CPN (UML) withdrew support to the government to protest the decision.