Saturday, July 22, 2006

Rayamajhi panel summons ex-CJ

The High-Level Investigation Commission headed by former Supreme Court Justice Krishna Jung Rayamajhi is all set to interrogate former Chief Justice Hari Prasad Sharma and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tara Nath Ranabhat, for their alleged role in suppressing the mass movement.

A highly-placed source of the commission also said that it will interrogate Chief of Army Staff Pyar Jung Thapa this week.
The Commission today asked Sharma and Ranabhat to appear before it on Monday.

“Sharma spoke against the rights of the people in Australia when he was taking part in the Chief Justices’ world conference and Ranabhat had publicly favoured the royal takeover,” the source said. “Ranabhat had publicly said that the House cannot be reinstated and suggested the political parties to support the King.”

Ranabhat today said he was surprised at the commission’s decision to summon him. “I had always favoured people’s rights as I am a democrat,” he said. While the panel also summoned ministers of the royal cabinet Ganesh Sherchan and Mrigedra Singh Yadav on Monday, former state ministers Ram Narayan Singh, Durga Shrestha, Yangkila Sherpa, Mani Lama, Durga Pokhrel and Rabindra Khanal have been asked to appear before it on Sunday. Meanwhile, former ministers Madhukar SJB Rana and Krishna Lal Thakali today told the panel that they had no hand in suppressing the mass movement.

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