By Our Reporter
The Parliament Hearing Committee has lost its credibility after the government appointed Samim Ansari to the post of the chairman of the Muslim Commission by evading the Parliamentary Hearing Committee.
He was appointed to the key post without endorsement from the Hearing Committee as he was charged of forging citizenship certificate.
The powerful government appointed him because of his affiliation with the ruling CPN by violating the constitutional provision.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari on last Thursday appointed him and chiefs of four different constitutional bodies.
The Constitution Council on January 20 had recommended former secretary Balananda Paudel as chairman of the National Natural Resources and Fiscal Commission, former secretary Shanta Raj Subedi as that of National Inclusion Commission, Bijay Kumar Dutta of the Madhesi Commission, Bishnu Kumar Chaudhary of the Tharu Commission and Samim Ansari in the Muslim Commission.
The parliamentary committee endorsed the four heads but could not take a decision on endorsement of Ansari due to differences within the ruling CPN party.
The five heads were sworn in by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana in presence of President Bhandari at the latter’s office on Thursday.
Ansari was appointed even without parliamentary endorsement as per the regulation about operation of the federal parliaments and committees that mentions there will be no obstruction in the recommended persons getting appointment if no decision is taken by the parliamentary hearing committee within 45 days.
The 45-day deadline for Ansari expired on March 9 with the committee failing to take any decision. The committee requires just a simple majority for endorsement and two-third majority for rejection.
The ruling CPN was divided on whether to approve Ansari, who is close to chairman KP Sharma Oli.
Lawmakers in the committee close to the Madhav Nepal faction were preparing to reject Ansari.
With the CPN divided, and the main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) and Federal Socialist Forum Nepal boycotting the meeting, it had become almost impossible for the committee to reject Ansari and difficult to even endorse him.
The parliamentary committee investigated the authenticity of Ansari’s citizenship and educational certificates but did not reach any conclusion.
The photocopy of citizenship that Ansari had presented to the Constitutional Council mentioned that he was born on October 10, 1973. He also mentioned that the citizenship was issued from Kathmandu ward no. 9.
But his date of birth is October 10, 1980 as per the record kept in the District Administration Office, Kathmandu and the record mentions that the citizenship was issued from Kathmandu ward no. 19. The last digit of his year of birth 2037 (BS), 7 has been overwritten with 0 to make it 2030 in another record in the District Administration Office.
Ansari, who had joined the then UML from Rastriya Janata Party Nepal before the local election, is the central member of CPN after unification. The Election Commission had written to the Parliamentary Hearing Committee on February 23 informing Ansari was in the closed list of UML and is the central member of CPN.