Monday, June 27, 2005


RCCC verdict -Clean chit to Deuba , ex-ministers and others

Kathmandu june 27-The Royal Commission for Corruption Control (RCCC) has cleared former prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and six ministers of his cabinet of the charge of “misappropriating” the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.RCCC has also given clean chit to the 27 “beneficiaries” of the alleged misappropriation of the PM’s Relief Fund.
A three-member “bench” of the RCCC consisting of the commission’s chairman Bhakta Bahadur Koirala and members Shambhu Khanal and Hari Babu Chaudhari announced the “verdict” to that effect on Monday afternoon.“Though the decision was against the norms and modus operandi (of the government), they cannot be convicted as per the Section 17 of the Nepal Corruption Control Act 2050 BS,” the RCCC said in its decision today.
The RCCC, on May 5, had formally charged Deuba and six ministers of his cabinet- Yuvaraj Gyawali, Homnath Dahal, Mohammad Mohasin, Jog Mehar Shrestha, Purna Bahadur Khadka, and Badri Prasad Mandal- of misappropriating the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund in the name of doling out Dashain allowances to different individuals through cabinet decision.The commission had also charged 27 different individuals who had received the money.
Earlier, the RCCC investigation team in its charge sheet had demanded a jail term of up to three years against Deuba and all six ministers and a penalty sum equalling the “misappropriated” amount.While the six former ministers had furnished bail as demanded by the RCCC and were immediately released, Deuba had refused to do so, challenging the constitutionality of the commission.

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