Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Rawal Moves SC against RCCC Summon

Kathmandu, Aug 29-In a bid to defy the 24-hour summon notice from the Royal Commission For Corruption Control (RCCC),Former minister and CPN (UML) leader Bhim Rawal Monday filed a writ petition at the Supreme Court against the summon order of the Royal Commission for Corruption Control (RCCC) over alleged corruption in a leasing deal of a China South West Airlines (CSWA) aircraft some right years back.
Filing a writ petition in the apex court, Rawal said the RCCC summon was illegal as the constitutionally formed anti-graft body — the Commission for the investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) — has already given him a clean chit in the case.
Rawal in his petition said the ‘unconstitutional’ Royal Commission had summoned him for interrogation without clear legal grounds on a case in which he has already been given clean-chit by the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA).
Receiving the RCCC notice yesterday, Rawal had pledged to appear before the anti-corruption body to record his statement but today he opted to knock the Supreme Court doors after consultation with his legal advisors, UML sources said.
Rawal has been accused of irregularity by fixing the daily fare of USD 3150 while leasing the CSWA aircraft instead of USD 2800 as mentioned in the lease agreement.

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