Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Legal debate on RCCC meaningless’
Kathmansu, May 24 - Senior lawyers have suggested to the Nepali Congress (Democratic) not to move the court against the Royal Commission for Corruption Control (RCCC), claiming that there was no place for any legal and constitutional argument in the present context. "Since it has been formed on unconstitutional grounds but rather with a pre-conceived plan of cracking down on political activists, attempts to defend the leaders through facts, arguments and legal provisions will be futile," said Sambhu Thapa, chairman of Nepal Bar Association, while speaking at a consultative meeting of the party with lawyers.He also suggested the parties to go ahead with political protest programs. "It is completely a political battle, not a legal one," he added.Senior lawyer, Sindhu Nath Pyakurel, suggested the party not to defend the leaders officially but create massive pressure through the press and people to expose the ill-intentions of the government against political activists. "We, lawyers, should not boycott any forums, including the RCCC, but attend them instead and expose their unconstitutionality."Sher Bahadur KC, vice chairman of NBA, however, suggested knocking on the doors of the Supreme Court (SC) with a habeas corpus petition against RCCC's illegal detention of political party leaders. "Legal and constitutional battles at the Court and political battle in the streets should be carried out simultaneously," KC said. "Since the SC has not rejected habeas corpus cases, we can make the appeal." He, however, argued that the legal triumph was completely dependent on the success of the political battle.Former Attorney General, Badri Bahadur Karki, suggested the party make public all facts related to the Melamchi project and also make public opinions against the RCCC action. Former NBA chairman, Radheshyam Adhikari, also termed the RCCC as unconstitutional.(Courtesy : Kantipuronline.com)
Sunday, May 22, 2005
RCCC penalty to two forest officials
Kathmandu May 22-The Royal Commission for Corruption Control (RCCC) Sunday announced three-month jail term and Rs.50,000 penalty to two each Forest Department officers for corruption.
A bench of RCCC members Hari Babu Choudhary, Raghu Chandra Singh and Prem Babu Khati passed the sentence convicting Jamuna Krishna Tamrakar, director general of the department, and chief accountant Bhagiraj Ingnam of irregularities while finalising a ration contract.
The commission also recommended for departmental action on the part of two other officials working in the district forest offices of Kathmandu and Kavre for not fulfilling their duties correctly.
Tamrakar had left the RCCC office before the decision came while Ingman was arrested from the RCCC premises.
RCCC spokesman Prem Raj Karki told reporters following the decision that the commission had authority to arrest and detain those convicted of corruption.
SC seeks govt clarification on ‘contempt of court’
Kathmandu May 19-The Supreme Court Thursday ordered the government to come up with clarification within 15 days as to why it was failing to obey the court rulings.
A single bench of SC Justice Arjun Prasad Singh issued the show-cause notice deciding on a writ petition filed by the Nepal Bar Association (NBA) on Wednesday. The NBA in its petition argued that the arrest of student leader Rajendra Rai from the court premises on Monday- even after the court order for his release- amounted to contempt of court.
Cabinet vice-chairmen Dr Tulsi Giri and Kirti Nidhi Bista, Home Minister Dan Bahadur Shahi and Inspector General of Police Shyam Bhakta Thapa opponents were made opponents in the writ.
The SC also ruled that the government present Rai before the court on Friday.