By Dinesh Wagle on June 27th, 2005 in Wagle Street Journal
Acquitted from one graft charge, Nepal’s ex-PM continues struggling with another
The moment I heard the news about former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s acquittal form a charge related to the distribution of money to internally displaced citizens from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund, one question aroused in my mind. “Really?” Then followed another, “What’s the motive of this autocratic government behind this decision?” Then another, “What next?” Within minutes, my mind cracked the code, I think. This is not a judicial decision. No. No justice is done to no one. Because it was not a judicial case against Deuba and his ministers in the cabinet that was kicked out from the power when democracy was suspended by the king on Feb 1.
Today’s decision of Royal Commission for Corruption Control (RCCC), the unconstitutional body created to harass the democratic forces in the country, is nothing but political one. The Commission that has the extra-judicial right to accuse, try and give verdict in a case sensed that it’s decision to sentence Deuba and the company will have far reaching consequences to the royal government. That decision would have backfired the government. Especially on the context of demands made by defendants that both Vice Chairmen of the Council of Ministers Dr Tulsi Giri and Kirti Nidhi Bista be summoned and tried by the Commission. Both VCs have been charged by media for corruption.
The same bench headed by Bhakta Bahadur Koirala, chair of the Commission, was never tired of claiming that what Deuba and his cabinet did was a clear act of corruption regardless of that the legal provision was. Now, the Commission has taken a U turn. That is what surprised me. Deuba never gave explanation as sought by the Commission. Lately, Nepal Bar Association boycotted the ‘legal’ proceedings in the Commission.
Even if Deuba is acquitted of one charge, he still faces another charged related to the construction of Melamchi Drinking Water Project. It is really hard to predict what the ‘verdict’ would be on this case. As we all know RCCC is a political arm of this government, it is expected that the game of harassment will continue in the days to come. So, the verdict will be based on how the political situation develops in the country.
3 Responses to “Really. Cursed Commission Crashed”
1. xyz Says:
June 28th, 2005 at 10:13 am
Can any one up date on Pyuthan Judge’s Corruption Case? Is the case still under investigation by the Judicial Council – the investigation was supposed to be completed within a month – after the case being referred by the King – why so much delay? Could this also be an another failure of RCCC?
2. Harke Says:
June 28th, 2005 at 10:59 am
Harke is sad today. Those “corrupts” must have been punished. Then we could see the ugly face of KG.
1.) What KG would do to poor Helen Shah (the one who owns among others Hotel Annapurna) who appropriated 10 million from the Deuba government?
2.) What KG would do to T. Giri and KN Bista? Under which law did they get money from KG?
3.) Under which law the finance minister got money for “treatment” which he did (did treatment or went to brothel like T. Giri?)
SHOULD THERE BE STILL CONFUSION, WHY CAME FEB. 1? YOU ARE FREE TO LOOT, KG, DO IT….NEPAL IS THE PROPERTY EARNED BY YOUR FOREFATHERS. DISTRIBUTE STATE MONEY TO YOUR CHAMACHAS, DHUPAURES AND RELATIVES.
3. sajal Says:
June 30th, 2005 at 11:10 pm
Deuba case is just a nautnki or drama. So will be Melamchi. It was a case to mallow Deuba because a person trying to be a Bhardar should not disobey the king. He must be loyal like any other Bhardar. The final act will conclude after Deuba becomes prime minister again. Who is more loyal and harmless than Deuba to become prime minister for the king from among the parties ?