Thursday, June 29, 2006

Rayamajhi panel summons Satchit, others

The High-Level Investigation Commission headed by former Supreme Court Justice Krishna Jung Rayamajhi today summoned four ‘royalists’ on the charge of suppressing people during the Jana Andolan.

According to member of the commission Harihar Birahi, the commission summoned former Chief of Army Staffs (CoAS) Satchit SJB Rana, former minister of the royal cabinet Niranjan Thapa, Nepal Police’s Deputy Inspector General Krishna Basnet and Additional Inspector General of Armed Police Force Ravi Raj Thapa to attend before the commission on Friday at 11 am.

The commission alleged that former CoAS Rana and former Minister Thapa had played a “key role” to “provoke the King” against democracy and the two former police officials had “suppressed people” by directly using force during the movement. Basnet and Thapa were suspended by the government following the revival of the House of epresentatives. “Former CoAS Rana and former Minister Thapa were among the members of the watch list of the commission as we have already recommended the government not to allow them to go outside the country,” said another member.

Thapa was the former minister of law, justice and parliamentary affairs and had played a “main role” in the unconstitutional establishment of the dismissed Royal Commission for Corruption Control (RCCC). “The King’s regime had used the RCCC as a tool to take revenge against political leaders and Thapa had appointed royalists in the judiciary to support the royal move,” the member added. The commission also said it has summoned the suspended security officials as the Rayamajhi commission will decide about their cases.

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