“Pashupati ko bayan bhayo, aba tinka pati lai bolaunu parchha,” said a friend of mine this afternoon. After thinking for about a couple of seconds, he continued his remarks as I could see anger in his eyes. “Tesko bayan ta malali lina man lageko chha.” [As Pashupati has been interrogated, he said, now is the time his boss is summoned. I want to interrogate him.] My friend, a reporter, was talking about the necessity of summoning and interrogating Gyanendra Shah, the king, by the High Level Probe Commission for his role in suppressing the historical peoples’ movement of April. The commission today interrogated Pashupati Bhakta Maharjan, Principal Chief Secretary of Gyanendra Shah who chaired an autocratic government in 2005 after successfully hatching a conspiracy against a democratically elected government in 2002. He tried with handpicked prime ministers for about three years. Maharjan, it seems, read out the script that we already knew about. We knew that he would act innocent (he said he worked as a bridge between the king and constitutional bodies and didn’t play any role in suppressing the peoples’ movement) and try to play the blame game.
I couldn’t disagree with my friend. The need of the hour is to interrogate King Shah and let the people of Nepal know why and how he suppressed the April Revolution that nearly overthrew him from Narayanhitti palace. We also need to know from Mr. Shah why those 24 innocent and unarmed Nepalis were killed. Krishna Jung Rayamajhi, the chairman of the probe commission today said that the chairman of the autocratic government would be interrogated. Some people are already seemed to be elated saying that the interrogation of Maharjan itself is historical because this is the first time that any probe commission has interrogated King’s most senior lieutenant. But that is not something to be proud of. Even Gyanendra’s possible interrogation should be taken as normal procedure. We should celebrate the victory of Nepali people only when king gets punished for what he did in October 2002, Feb 2005 and the next 15 months and in April 2005. I have heard some talking about the protocol of the head of state and king and I have told them that Gyanendra has no moral rights to continue his role as the head of state. The voice raised in the April Revolution is enough to prove that he must be stripped off that title and made a normal citizen before giving verdict. –By DW