Kathmandu, Aug 30-The Supreme Court today ordered the Royal Commission for Corruption Control (RCCC) not to arrest Bhim Rawal, former minister and central committee member of the Communist Party of Nepal (UML).
Responding to a writ petition filed in the apex court by Rawal yesterday against the RCCC's summons to him on Sunday to present himself before the commission within 24 hours, a single bench of justice Ram Prasad Shrestha ordered the commission not to arrest Rawal until further orders.
The court said the RCCC cannot arrest Rawal in connection with a case in which the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority has already given a clean chit and until the court gives a decision on the case filed by Rawal. The court ordered the RCCC not to take any action against Rawal until the court issues another order in the case and until the defendents in the case filed by Rawal RCCC and the government furnish their reply to the court.
Rawal was arrested by the RCCC this morning in connection with corruption charges in a case related to hiring on lease of a China Southwest Airlines' aircraft by Royal Nepal Airlines Corporation some six years ago when Rawal was minister for tourism and civil aviation.
Rawal was arrested after he did not produce himself before the commission, which on Sunday summoned Rawal to produce himself before it within 24 hours, and instead moved the Supreme Court against the RCCC.
Mainwhile ,The Royal Commission for Corruption Control freed Bhim Rawal, whom the commission arrested this morning on charge of corruption in a six-year-old case related to the hire on lease of a China Southwest Airlines’ aircraft.
The commission freed Rawal after the Supreme Court this afternoon ordered it not to arrest Rawal in a case in which the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority has already given a clean chit to Rawal.The court ordered the commission not to take any action against Rawal until the court gives decision on a case filed yesterday by Rawal against the RCCC and until the defendants in the case the government and the RCCC furnish replies to the court.