Thursday, August 31, 2006

Rayamajhi Commission to question King Gyanendra

The high-level commission formed to investigate into the atrocities committed to suppress the people’s movement-II grilled King Gyanendra’s principal secretary, Pashupati Bhakta Maharjan, on Thursday.

Maharjan reached the commission at 10.56 a.m. Talking to journalists before filing the statement, Maharjan, said he came to the commission as it has summoned him to answer some of its questions. He however denied to talk with journalists after filing the statement saying he had told everything to the commission officials.

Maharjan, who was conferred with the honorary title ‘Mir Subba’ by the palace last year, worked as a pointman in political meetings of the King Gyanendra, mainly after his October 4, 2002, move when he sacked then Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba.

This is the first case of the commission summoning people from the royal palace.

The Commission had already summoned more than 200 people including vice-chairmen duo of the royal cabinet, security chiefs for their alleged role in suppression of the April movement.

According to members of the commission, the commission is mulling to summon King Gyanendra as a chairman of the erstwhile royal government for his role in suppressing the pro-democracy movement in the country, after the cabinet members said that the then cabinet should collectively take the responsibility of the losses occurred during the movement.

Mainwhile The High-Level Investigation Commission headed by former Supreme Court justice Krishna Jung Rayamajhi said the commission is yet to decide whether to question the king or not over the suppression of people’s movement during his direct rule.

However, Rayamajhi said the King would be questioned as the head of the then government and not as the head of the state, if the commission decides to interrogate the King.

Rayamajhi claimed the Supreme Court verdict on RCCC dissolution has already paved ways to investigate and question the King as he had assumed executive powers.

He said the Commission will take action against everybody who suppressed or played a role in suppressing the people.

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