An editorial published in yesterday’s edition of Kantipur. Originally in Nepali: The role of the current government in the King’s refusal to answer must be made clear to the people.
King Gyanendra has again repeated his act of stubbornness by refusing to answer the questions of High Level Probe Commission (HLPC). This must have alerted the SPA-Maoists as it reflects the same old mentality, tradition and work pattern of the king. The HLPC hadn’t questioned the King on grounds of his being the Head of the State. The questions were rather focused on the activities carried out him after overthrowing the elected parliament and taking the responsibility of the Chairperson of Council of Ministers, which is obvious.
The executive head is primarily responsible for the misuse of power and violation of human rights during the 19-day People’s movement. As the Chairperson of the Council of Ministers the king should take the responsibility of excessive misuse of position, regime, power and national treasury in order to sustain the autocratic rule. Therefore, the king can’t stay outside the boundaries of the HLPC investigation.
The political and legal system after the April Movement is different. The Parliament has already made the ? decision in principle which allows questions against the King to be raised in the court. A lot of the King’s privileges have been cut off. He can no more commit the offense of curtailing the rights of the people. In addition to it the political powers are busy deciding whether to keep or overthrow monarchy before going for the Constituent Assembly. So the king’s refusal to answer has undoubtedly disrespected the Commission. It has increased concerns about the monarchy still posting a threat in the change people want.
The repression of the Royal regime killed 25 people, more than 5000 were seriously injured while many lost their limbs. There is no record of how much of the national treasure was misused to suppress the movement. As the ex-chairperson of the royal government the king cannot shy away from accepting its responsibility. The vice chairperson, ministers and security heads of the royal regime have already admitted to the commission of having acted as “directed from above”. Taking into account their interrogation and evidences acquired in the process of the investigation the king is in no position to escape unscathed.
The people directed the parties to hold the entire council of ministers including the Chairperson accountable for the atrocities in the 19-day movement. Accordingly the High Level Probe Commission (HLPC) was formed under the chairpersonship of Krishna Jung Rayamajhi. So HLPC has got more to it than just a legal background. It has the support and power of the thousands of Nepalese who took to the streets for overthrowing the autocratic rule. Thereby it is the King’s duty as well as responsibility to answer the questions asked by the people about the unfortunate events in his direct rule. The HLPC provided him an opportunity to do that. Backing out from answering is no excuse for it.
HLPC has got more to it than just a legal background. It has the support and power of the thousands of Nepalese who took to the streets for overthrowing the autocratic rule. Thereby it is the King’s duty as well as responsibility to answer the questions asked by the people about the unfortunate events in his direct rule. Backing out from answering is no excuse for it.
The current government hasn’t given any comments on the king’s refusal to answer. Why is the government silent about this event, which refutes the people and insults the Commission? Some days ago, the First Secretary of the king met Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala. Many linked the meeting with the King’s refusal to reply. The government cannot stay silent about the King’s refusal to answer the People’s Commission. And as the head of the government Girija Prasad Koirala’s is a question of accountability to the people. The role of the current government in the King’s refusal to answer must be made clear to the people.