Sunday, July 24, 2005


RCCC rejects ADB report on Melamchi.

Kathmandu july 24-The Royal Commission for Corruption Control (RCCC) Sunday rejected the recent report made public by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the main financer of the Melamchi Drinking Water Project, which ruled out wrongdoings in the selection of contractors for the construction of access road.
During the trial today, members of the RCCC bench ruled that the ADB report could not be taken into consideration while deciding the case. RCCC member Raghu Chandra Singh ordered defence attorneys not to cite the bank’s report in defence of the accused, it is learnt.
The ADB last week published a report after a probe, declaring that there had been no irregularities while finalising the contract.
Including Deuba and Singh, the RCCC has charged four others with misappropriations worth Rs.380 billion each in the project. The two NC (D) leaders have been facing custody since nearly three months while four other suspects are out after paying Rs.5 million bail each.
Meanwhile, talking to media persons after the trial at the RCCC office, Deuba and Singh strongly deplored the RCCC’s ruling not to recognise the ADB report.
Another trial, probably the final one, will be on Monday.

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