The Supreme Court has scrapped the Royal Commission for Corruption Control (RCCC) created after the king's takeover on 1 February 2005 ruling that the existing Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) is the constitutional body responsible for probing corruption charges. With the scrapping of the RCCC, NC-D leader Sher Bahadur Deuba and minister under his government, Prakash Man Singh, were automatically released. Now the CIAA has the authority and autonomy. The court's main reason for scrapping the royal commission was because it started getting involved in research, filing cases and deciding them, moves which violates principles of natural justice. While the decision elated the seven parties, Maoists and those who are plotting against the monarchy, it has also taught the king and the government a very good lesson. It was with good intentions that King Gyanendra formed the RCCC. The country will not move forward unless corruption is curbed.
Now even the royalists are questioning if the RCCC should have been formed in the first place. The right way to deal with corruption would have been to make the CIAA stronger by reorganising it and reinforcing its leadership. Instead the royal commission was formed and it served no purpose, it was a mistake. But it's OK-no one lost anything in the process. In coming days there will be attacks against the government and the king but he should not let these rile him. Let it be known that the nincompoop incompetent advisers who have been giving the king wrong-headed suggestions should stay away from the palace from now on.