In Kathmandu, the staffs at the Supreme Court are troubled with a problem of process serving because they are able to serve the notice made by the court against the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority’s chief commissioner, Lokman Singh Karki. The process servers at the court, also known as tameldars, was not able to serve the court notice due for Karki despite the fact that they have reached the location of the house of Karki located at ward number 10 of Baneshwar Height, Kathmandu Metropolitan City.
The Supreme Court has reached a decision wherein it is going to take a second look at its previous verdict and will conduct a reexamination regarding the writ petition that was made to challenge the appointment of Karki as the chief of the constitutional body. The process servers, however, are having a hard time when it comes to serving the court’s notice.
The court attempted to just paste the notice outside the house of Karki but the secretary of the ward number 10 located ay Kathmandu Metropolitan City, , SitaRai, was not able to come at the location. According to the legal provision, the staff at the court is only allowed to paste the notice at the house of the defendant if there is a secretary of village development committee or ward office in municipalities that is present at the time. Despite the heads up that was sent by the staff at the court to Rai, she still failed to be at the location.
Process server of the court, Shambu Khatri, said that she was not at the permanent address of Karki at the time of the serving. The staff spent three hours waiting for her to no avail. He added that they are not able to paste the notice at the address because it is only being rented out.
According to Rudra Singh, the chief executive of Kathmandu Metropolitan City, the secretary failed to show up during the process serving because she is out of town for training. He added that if not for the training, the metropolitan staffers are happy to help with the procedures of the court.