Review law to fight impunity, corruption: CJ

KATHMANDU: Chief Justice Min Bahadur Rayamajhi today called for timely review of the law in order to end impunity and corruption in the country.

Addressing a function organised in the capital to mark the International Anti-Corruption Day, he said, “Eliminating corruption was impossible but it could be controlled with a joint effort.” "Controlling corruption is vital for ensuring sustainable development and for establishing democratic values in the country," said Rayamajhi. He stressed on the role of the state in controlling corruption prevalent in the society.

"Political parties should not be prejudiced and pre-judgmental in corruption related cases," viewed the CJ, adding that Nepal should rectify international convention regarding corruption. He said there should be precise rules for controlling corruption since the provisions in the constitution alone are not effective. He spoke for the independence of Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA). He said the anti-graft body should be able to solve the problem and punish the culprits. International Anti-Corruption Day is marked on December 9 every year.

Prem Bahadur Singh, Minister for Law and Justice said corruption was a major challenge in the development of the country and added development was impossible without controlling it. He expressed solidarity in controlling corruption and urged the civil society to pressurise the government to take concrete action to control it. "I will raise voice for rectifying the international convention on corruption," said Singh. Mahesh Sharma Poudel, joint attorney, CIAA, urged the government to rectify the convention and to create a situation conducive for controlling the social evil.