strange verdict of RCCC ?
Kathmandu, Aug 13 - Over two weeks after its verdict on the Melamchi case, the Royal Commission for Corruption Control (RCCC), Friday, handed over a copy of the verdict to defendant lawyers. The 61-page verdict was handed over Friday morning to defendant lawyer Ram Prasad Bhandari.
After studying the verdict in detail, Bhandari said, "It is a strange verdict. It does not cite any evidence of corruption. The verdict is based on wild guesses."
Bhandari added that the contractors for the Melamchi adit access road have not received any money from the project for works so far and that the allegation of corruption is ridiculous.
"The standard legal practice in corruption cases is that the give-and-take must be established for the accused to be convicted. Nowhere has that been established in the verdict," Bhandari further said. Written verdict is changed as before it was deliver by the RCCC,he added.
Photocopies of the verdict were handed over to the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the largest donor to Melamchi Water Supply Project and other stakeholders. Recently, ADB had requested the Ministry of Finance for a copy of the verdict so that it could ascertain whether it would need to consider the matter further.