House to probe PM fund misuse: SC

Kathmandu, May 25 :

Responding to a case regarding the misuse of Prime Minister’s Relief Fund, the Supreme Court today said since the House of Representatives has been reinstated it would decide any case of misuse of the fund.

A full bench comprising Chief Justice Dilip Kumar Paudel and Justices Khil Raj Regmi and Gauri Dhakal issued the verdict on a writ petition seeking necessary legal arrangement to control the ‘misuse’ of the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.

The petition was filed after the Cabinet led by Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba distributed Rs 4.1 million to near and dear ones of the ministers in 2004 as Dashain allowance. The bench also held Clause 2(2) of the Administrative Works (Regulation) Act 2013 BS is inconsistent with the 1990 Constitution and which was rendered null and void as per the Article 131 of the Constitution.