KATHMANDU: Accusing the Nepali Army headquarters of failing to implement a Supreme Court verdict on the expenses of the Nepali Army Welfare Fund, Nepal National Independent Ex-Army Council (NNIEC), an organisation of ex-army men, has decided to move the apex court demanding due compensations.
"The verdict is not implemented yet," then-chairman and advisor of the NNIEC Ambar Bahadur Thapa Magar said on Monday. "The government and army did not follow the verdict," he added.
The apex court had directed the authorities to make transparent the expenditures of the fund which has over Rs 10 billion as the principal with about Rs 700 million as its annual interest.
The NNIEC has slammed senior army officials with graft charges on the money that came from peacekeeping missions abroad.
"We could not get anything after the apex court order as our bulk amount was deposited as the fund which the army officials embezzled,” Thapa Magar alleged, adding that the victims were deprived of facilities and perks they were to receive as per the UN pay regulations.
The contempt of court against the Ministry of Defence and the Nepali Army has been still pending in the SC with the authorities accused of not providing the copies of the agreement made between the government and the UN while sending Nepali troops for peacekeeping missions aboard.
"The authorities are yet to produce all the agreements," legal counsel of NNIEC Rana Bahadur Thebe said. "Since the NA is yet to produce the audit report how could the NA claim to have made public the details on the fund," he exclaimed.
BA Kumar Sharma, legal department chief of the NA, however, disavowed the charge claiming that they had already made public the details. "The headquarters already made public the details through the newspapers as per the SC directives," he said adding that since there was no practice of signing a contract while sending the army for peacekeeping missions, they were unable to submit the audit before the court.
He also said that the headquarters has promulgated regulations to make the fund transparent.
Earlier, through its mandamus order, a division bench of justices Min Bahadur Rayamajhi and Damodar Prasad Sharma at the Supreme Court had directed the Ministry of Defence and the Nepal Army Headquarters to make transparent the income and expenditure of the fund on December 5, 2006.