4 Melamchi accused post bail, win freedom

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, June 1:

The Royal Commission for Corruption Control (RCCC) today released four out of the six accused in the Melamchi Drinking Water Project (MDWP) case on bail after they

deposited their property documents equivalent to Rs. 5 million as bail amount.

Those released are former secretary Tika Dutta Niraula, executive director of MDWP Dhruba Bahadur Shrestha, deputy executive director of MDWP Deepak Kumar Jha, and contractor Jip Tshering Lama.

The RCCC bench had, yesterday, asked all the “accused” in the the case, including former prime minister Deuba and former minister Prakash Man Singh, to deposit Rs. 5 million for bail.

Deuba and Singh, had refused to post the money for bail arguing the RCCC is an illegal body.

The RCC today summoned the accused on June 12 for “necessary investigation”.

Meanwhile, six former ministers — Dr. Mohammad Mohsin, Jogmeher Shrestha, Purna Bahadur Khadka, Homnath Dahal, Yuwaraj Gyawali and Badri Prasad Mandal

who have been accused of distributing money from the prime minister’s relief fund as Dashain expenditure to their “near and dear ones”, appeared before the RCCC on its summons.

They have been asked to present themselves before the RCCC bench on June 26 for a hearing.