Pro-royalist files case against Nepal DPM`s son-in-law

A pro-royalist in Nepal has slapped a lawsuit against Deputy Premier Sujata Koirala`s Bangladeshi son-in-law over his alleged role in corruption.

Last Updated: Dec 23, 2010, 21:35 PM IST

Kathmandu: A pro-royalist in Nepal has
slapped a lawsuit against Deputy Premier Sujata Koirala`s
Bangladeshi son-in-law over his alleged role in corruption,
days after a gun brawl involving the top politician`s kin and
controversial ex-crown prince Paras hit headlines.

Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal`s (RPP-N) Sindhupalchowk
District President Daindra Bahadur Thakuri said that he has
filed a public interest litigation in the Supreme Court
against Rubel Chowdhury, the son-in-law of Koirala, seeking
action against him in several corruption cases in which he was
allegedly involved.

The move by the pro-royal party member came more than a
week after a gun brawl involving Chowdhury and Paras during a
dinner in a jungle lodge of Chitawan district.

According to media reports, Chowdhury, a Bangladeshi
national, is allegedly linked to a scam regarding purchase of
armed personnel carriers for the Nepal Army forces deployed in
Sudan, causing loss of Rs 300 million to the national coffer.

The Parliamentary committee has asked the government to take
action in the case.

Another case in which Chowdhury was allegedly involved
related to the arrest of some Bangladeshi nationals for
illegally operating Internet calls through Voice Over Internet
Protocol.

"I filed the case in the apex court that the truth
regarding Chowdhury`s alleged involvement in these incidents
must be investigated and if found guilty he should get
punishment," Thakuri, a key member of the royalist party, said.

The arrest of Paras for two days over the gun brawl nine
days ago had angered royalists in Nepal, who also staged
protests in different parts of the country. Paras was later
released on a bail of Rs 10,000.

Meanwhile, Deputy Premier Koirala appealed to the media
not to play up the Tiger Tops Resort shootout incident
anymore.

She, however said that "if Rubel is proven guilty, taking
legal action against him is mandatory."

PTI