King Gyanendra should use the forum of High Level Probe Commission to explain Nepali people why he did what he did in 2002 and 2005 and how he failed to do what he wanted to do.
We don’t know what exactly Dr. Tulsi Giri told the High Level Probe Commission (HLPC) Tuesday (June 27) but anyone can guess from what he uttered in front curious journalists after the interrogation: “I did not kill anyone. No, I did not.” Okay, he didn’t pull the trigger but people died. 21 people died in Janaandolan II. When those people were dying, Giri was assisting king Gyanendra to ‘run’ the country (Dr. Giri was vice-chairman in the king’s cabinet formed after the royal takeover of Feb 1, 2005).
So who should take the responsibility of those killings? Journalists wanted to know. Dr. Giri had a readymade answer.
“Those who are responsible should take responsibility. There might have been some mistakes in the course of maintaining peace and security. I feel sad over the deaths. No government has the intention of killing its own people.”
Dr Giri at probe commission
As Dr Giri entered the interrogation room, he greeted the commission chairman and two other members. The formal interrogation began only after 15 minutes of informal talks. Commission officials first asked about Dr Giri’s health, then about what he was doing nowadays.
The officials saw a bottle of juice that Dr Giri was carrying. “Are you carrying juice, doctor?” one member asked. Dr Giri replied, “Budo husband bhanera shreemati le haldeko (my wife furnished the bottle out of consideration for an old husband).” He was also carrying a bag containing some papers.
As Dr Giri entered the interrogation room, he looked nervous, according to one member. But as the informal talks continued for nearly 15 minutes, he regained ease. The panel engaged in more informal talks at the end of the interrogation. He then informed the panel that he had returned to Nepal ahead of the royal takeover to attend a wedding.
Quoting Dr Giri, a member told the Post that Dr Giri did not know about the king’s plans when he met the king at the time. The king asked him to stay on in Nepal for some time. Latter he learnt why the king wanted him not to leave the country.
During his nearly two and half hours’ stay at the commission, he did not take the juice. He was seen carrying the bottle when he returned home.
Source: the Kathmandu Post
[Chairman of the commission Krishan Jung Rayamajhi and members Harihar Birahi and Ram Prasad Shrestha interrogated Dr Giri while members Ram Kumar Shrestha and Dr Kiran Shrestha interrogated royal ministers Badri Prasad Mandal and Nikshya SJB Rana.]
So who are those responsible people? There are two: one who pulled the trigger and the other who was in charge of the whole affair. One can easily find the name of those who pulled the trigger and you don’t even have to There is no need to mention that King Gyanendra was in charge of the whole affair. King was assisted by a bunch of people like Dr. Giri who used the state machinery to fulfill their interests.
We know that the probe commission will not summon king Gyanendra for interrogation though Rayamajhi, the chair of the commission, has said that the monarchy could also be summoned if necessary. But Nepali people need to know why king did what he did in Feb 2005 and October 2002. The king also should feel that he explain Nepali people about those misadventures. King can use the commission as a perfect outlet. He shouldn’t take it as a prestige issue.