Thursday, September 22, 2005

Dr Giri spoke the King’s mind- Legal experts

Kathmandu, September 22: Legal experts said today that vice-chairman of the council of ministers Dr Tulsi Giri spoke the King’s mind while addressing a gathering of nominated chairmen and vice-chairmen of district development committees in Biratnagar on Monday. “Giri has spoken the mind of the King, who does not believe in democracy,” former Justice of the Supreme Court and one the drafters of the 1990 constitution Laxman Prasad Aryal said at the Reporters Club. President of the Nepal Bar Association Shambhu Thapa challenged the vice chairman to open a “rebellious” party if he did not abide by the constitution. A person who holds a post not recognised by the constitution and receives taxpayers’ money has no right to make such comment on the constitution, he said.

Advocate Subhash Chandra Nembang said, “The way Giri is spiting venom against the constitution it is an expression of defeated mentality of the council of ministers, which has been totally isolated from the world.” Director of Informal Sector Service Centre Subodh Pyakurel said the King should take moral responsibility for the statement made by his appointee. However, senior advocate Kunja Bihari Prasad Singh said Giri’s statement did not reflect the institutional views of the government and that he was misinterpreted by the media.

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