Monday, July 25, 2005


Verdict on Melamchi case on Tuesday

Kathmandu July 25-The Royal Commission on Control of Corruption (RCCC) has said it will deliver its verdict on the much-talked about Melamchi case on Tuesday.
The announcement was made after the hearings on the Melamchi case concluded Monday. "The verdict on the case will be announced at 2 pm tomorrow," RCCC chairman Bhakta Bahadur Koirala, who was heading a three-member bench said immediately after the government attorney finished his pleading in today's hearing.A three-member panel comprising RCCC chairman Bhakta Bahadur Koirala, and members Raghu Chandra Bahadur Singh and Haribabu Chaudhary have been hearing cases of alleged corruption against former premier and Nepali Congress (Democratic) president Sher Bahadur Deuba, former minister Prakash Man Singh, senior government officials and a contractor.
The Commission had taken Deuba and Singh into custody some three months ago and continues to detain them after they refused to recognize the legal and constitutional status of the Commission and post the bail demanded by it.
The defense attorneys have referred to an Asian Development Bank (ADB) report that ruled out any irregularity while awarding the contract. The Commission, however, said it doesn’t recognize reports prepared by a third party.

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