In a new twist to the stand-off between Nepal Army and the Maoist-led government, eight just-retired generals have moved the Supreme Court challenging the cabinet decision of not extending their terms.
The generals jointly filed a case at the apex court yesterday demanding nullification of the government decision and extension of their tenure, according to court sources.
The Nepal Army had recommended three years of extension for them, but the government rejected the proposal.
The eight retired Brigadier Generals including Nara Bahadur Kandel and Narendra Bahadur Rawal have demanded they should be taken back to their positions since non-extension of their tenure violates the Army Act 2006 and Army regulations.
In recent days, the military-government ties have seen a downturn following differences over the issues of integration of Maoist combatants into the Nepal Army and the expansion of the army and the People's Liberation Army of the ex-rebels.
US Ambassador to Nepal Nancy J Powell has also expressed concern over the issue of the army generals during a meeting with premier Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda', according to sources close to the Prime Minister.