Kathmandu: Main opposition Nepali Congress has pointed out the filing of a case in the special court related to the Lalita Niwas land scam against NC Vice President Bijaya Kumar Gachachhadar as biasness and politically motivated.
The anti-graft constitutional body, the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), has filed a charge-sheet in the special court against 175 persons including Gachachhadar in the case. Other accused include former ministers, former and current government officials and former and current owners and users of the land.
The meeting of NC sitting and former office bearers at party president Sher Bahadur Deuba’s residence in Budhanilkantha on Thursday concluded in this regard. The NC has taken the issue as part of a series of such fake cases filed against party leaders and cadres, said NC Spokesperson Bishwo Prakash Sharma at a press conference at NC central office informing of the meeting decisions.
He also praised Gachachhadar as a people’s elected leader, who pushed his way rising from backward Tharu community through exiles and jail terms. “He (Gachachhadar) played an important role as a member of the Council of Ministers when the NC-led government formed the Prevention of Corruption Act, 2059 to empower the existing CIAA. The case against him resulted after influencing the CIAA in a wrong way.”
Stating that in a prime ministerial system, Prime Minister is fully responsible for whatever decisions are taken by Cabinet, Spokesperson Sharma said not a single proposal is brought and passed from Cabinet without PM’s consensus, referring to the case against Gachachhadar.
“Former Prime Ministers Madhav Kumar Nepal and Dr Baburam Bhattarai were let off the hook in the land scam as per a Cabinet decision. But filing a case in the same incident against any minister is itself ill-intention,” he said.
Saying the whole country is well informed of involvement of Nabin Poudel, son of General Secretary of ruling Nepal Communist Party Bishnu Poudel in the land scam, he said the decision to let Nabin off action but indict others in the same case was influenced with state power, adding that the NC has been demanding in-depth investigations into the land scam.