Commission member alleges majority of panel members was bought
Kathmandu, August 5:
A member of the Rayamajhi Commission, Ram Kumar Shrestha, today accused the majority group in the commission of giving a clean chit to the king and other suppressors of the Jana Andolan II at the behest of power players. â€œI cannot say who influenced them to give a clean chit to major players, including King Gyanendra,â€ Shrestha said, adding that the majority group also included the kingâ€™s April 24, 2006 address in the commission report with the intention of absolving him.
â€œI was adamant on my stance that action should be taken against the king, but they even barred me from writing a note of dissent,â€ he added.
â€œThe commission could have recommended the government to take action against the king on sedition and treason charges because he had acted against the state and the public.â€
Shrestha said that the majority groupâ€™s recommendation to take action against the king on misuse of state treasury and rights violation is illegal. â€œSeparate Acts cannot be promulgated to punish anyone. Such a move violates the UN charter.â€
â€œMy concern is that the report does not treat the high-ranking officials and the low- ranking ones equally.â€
Another member of the commission, Ram Prasad Shrestha, who represents the majority group, has claimed that the governmentâ€™s mandate under the repealed 1990 constitution did not allow them to recommend any specific action against the king. â€œThat is why we recommended the government to take action against him on the charges of misuse of state treasury and human rights violation after promulgating relevant Acts.â€
Shrestha, of the majority group, claimed it had no intention to give a clean chit to the king. â€œThe king faces action as per our report because we have indicted him as the chairman of the cabinet.â€ A rights activist, Krishna Pahadi, said, â€œThe government must take action against the king through a political decision.â€ â€œThe government used former justice Rayamajhi to give a clean chit to the king.â€
Minister for Agriculture Chhabilal Bishwokarma, said the government will hold a discussion to see if there is any ground left to take action against the king.