From The Nepali Press
RCCC paper trail
Kathmandu Today, 16 February
FROM ISSUE #286 (17 FEB 2006 - 23 FEB 2006) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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After the Supreme Court decommissioned the RCCC this week, no one is sure what to do with its documents. Former RCCC officials have suggested that the secretariat burn the papers. According to spokesman Premraj Karki, queries have already been sent to the Ministerial Council secretariat to find out how to handle them. "We will send the papers wherever the government directs us to," he said. Among the 6,117 complaints registered with the RCCC, only five have been dealt with. Eight cases have been filed while some are in the final stages of investigation. But with documents lying about, there is a danger that complainants' identities will be revealed. After the Supreme Court ruled that the king's order to create the commission violated the constitution, those found guilty by the commission have been freed and charges dropped. Now free former prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and former minister Prakash Man Singh decided not to pay the Rs 90 million bail-bond but the bail bonds of at least a dozen others against whom the commission filed cases, including the contractor of the Melamchi Drinking Water Supply Project, Jeepchiring Lama, then hydropower secretary Tikadutta Niraula and the managing director of the Department of Forests Jamunakrishna Tamrakar, have not been returned. There is still confusion about whether they will be reinstalled in their former posts.