Nepalese min quits constitutional body over graft

Last Updated: Saturday, December 17, 2011 - 23:25

Kathmandu: A top Nepalese minister belonging
to Madhesi community has resigned from a constitutional body,
responsible for making appointments like that of the Chief
Justice, till he is cleared of graft charges in the Supreme
Court.

Communication Minister and Madhesi leader Jayaprakash
Gupta, who was appointed to the Constitutional Council three
months, yesterday submitted his resignation to Prime Minister
Baburam Bhattarai.

The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority
(CIAA) had filed the case against Gupta accusing him of
amassing property through illegal means.

The council is responsible for making appointments of
chiefs of constitutional bodies including the Chief Justice.

Gupta`s resignation has come immediately after Chief
Justice Kheel Raj Regmee and other civil society member
expressed serious concern over his appointment, according to
the court sources.

A graft case against Gupta, the president of Madhesi
Peoples Rights Forum (Republic), is sub-judiced at the Supreme
Court.

"I resigned so as to ensure the presence of non-
controversial members in the CC," Gupta said, adding he
doesn`t want to drag honourable members of the CC and the
honourable institution into controversy due to his presence in
the CC.

Recently, civil society members including former chief of
the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority
(CIAA) Surya Nath Upadhaya and former secretaries Bhoj Raj
Pokharel and Rameshor Khanal, popular comedians Madan Krishna
Shrestha and Hari Bansha Acharya had submitted a memorandum to
Bhattarai, demanding dismissal of Gupta as CC member.

The civil society members had reminded the prime minister
that the chief justice and a person against whom a graft case
is sub judice at the Supreme Court cannot sit together.

The SC is set to issue a verdict on Gupta`s case next
month.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, December 17, 2011 - 23:25

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