RCCC chief challenges Ojha panel to take action

Kathmandu, October 31:

Chief of the dissolved Royal Commission for Corruption Control, today challenged the panel formed yesterday by the Council of Ministers to take action against him if the panel finds him guilty of acting against any law.

The Cabinet yesterday decided to set up a three-member committee, headed by former Justice Madhav Prasad Ojha, to probe the excesses by RCCC and take actions accordingly.

“Whatever we (the RCCC officials) did were what we found to be consistent with the constitution and laws of the nation and we have not done anything violating the legal ambit; thus we are ready to be punished if the panel feels that we did wrong,” Bhakta Bahadur Koirala, the RCCC chief, told this daily.

Koirala criticised the formation of Ojha panel saying that it is a surprising action that a commission has been set up to investigate and take actions against the officials of a panel which has already been declared unconstitutional and dissolved. “The apex court had, while ordering scrapping of RCCC, not said anything about taking actions against us,” he said.

“What is the logic behind trying to take actions against us when everyone knows we tried to fight against corruption and arrested ‘corrupt persons’?” he questioned. He also claimed to have collected precious and valued evidences against whom it took actions. Koirala, however, said he would attend the panel’s summons and record his statement and even face punishment.