Telegraph Nepal, EditorialsThe Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority, the CIAA, is playing unfair, to be honest. For this institutional body, all the corrupts should have been kept in the same basket and produced before the Supreme Court for necessary penal actions. However, in the recent days and months what has been seen is that for the CIAA, only the men from the Nepali Congress paraphernalia were the most corrupt ones and thus this body has already managed to send in prison some four to five heavy former and the present Nepali Congress stalwarts. This goes against the notion of natural justice.
The manner the CIAA has been filing cases pointedly against only the Congress men does hint that for this authority only the NC men have squeezed the nation and by extension this does mean that the rest from other political parties were sacrosanct or very close to it. Wrong presumption that it is.
Just look at the posh building of those leaders who have had no money to pay the rent of the rented house till some years ago and now they possess several eye-catching Villa.
However, this should not mean that we favor NC or possess any inner sympathy for the corrupts in this party. It is not that. For us at this paper, all those who have looted this nation’s exchequer at various intervals of time, mostly beginning the India transferred democracy in 1990, while in power must be brought under the ambit of law if their properties appear disproportionate vis-à-vis their earning while being in power. Their paternal assets too must be counted.
Needless to say, the Congress has ruled the country for more than decade and a half since the beginning of what has been named as “democratic era” and thus chances are high that most of the NC men who enjoyed ministerial berths for several times in the past, let’s presume it to have been so, may have been encouraged by their “invisible masters” to loot the nation in the name of functioning of the parties they represented. It is altogether a different matter that the looted amount must have also gone to the personal pockets and the rest may have gone in the name of the party.
Why the Nepal airlines dried up? Who made it to go bankrupt? Just a tip to the CIAA if the men there have the courage? This is a challenge to the CIAA.
But are the NC leader alone corrupts? Mind it that at times the UML too ruled the nation and the party’s rule was not exempt from corruption practices. Some ministers, we had been told then, had kept the looted money inside their water tanks, perhaps of Hilltake brand, which tentatively caused King Gyanendra to lose his crown.
We thus will go by what Dr. Shekhar Koirala has said in a fresh interview granted to a weekly Nepali newspaper wherein he states that the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority too should expand its net into other political parties and their leaders. This does men that, as per Shekhar Koirala, not only the NC men but leaders belonging to other equally competent political parties demand the same treatment as was awarded to Chiranjibi Wagley, Govind Raj Joshi and Khum Bahadur Khadka. By extension, he also means that, in his own words, “Many Nepali leaders who have very freshly joined the country’s politics too have changed their living standards and now live an aristocratic lives and thus why not the CIAA gives a try at their present day nests? Eye opener to the CIAA.
In fact, as far as we understood Koirala from his interview, he wants to encourage the CIAA to enter into the Maoists paraphernalia and find out who was what and who is now what? And look the change.
Though this blame game doesn’t suit to the political stature of Dr. Koirala but yet we at this paper remain askance as to why this “custodian of democracy and its rights”, that each and every NC men unfortunately claim to which they were not in all practical sense, save a few, Koirala doesn’t talk about Krishna Prasad Sitaula who is being taken , we have been told by some informed brains, among the Nepali corrupts as the don of all the corrupts which this august NC leader proved himself to be in the Darfur APC Scam. Koirala would have done justice had he also encouraged the CIAA to pounce upon his own party colleague and drag Sitaula to the Judiciary upon completion of necessary authentic documents. However, he did not which abundantly means that he has also taken the fresh events in which NC men are singled out and being sent to prison in series as a Gyanendra ploy by being in the dark. But assuredly, Dr. Koirala says that his party will ever abide by the independent judicial verdicts. This speaks of NC’s appreciation of the judiciary.
To recall, late Girija babu once when he was summoned by the Supreme Court of Nepal had bluntly told the media men that the Nepali Judiciary should now be sent to the Royal Palace. It was the mockery of Nepali judiciary made by late Koirala (Rest in peace) then yet the apex court, out of fear perhaps, could not even initiate a case of its own contempt. That was a surprising event then.
Yet we will take Dr. Koirala’s words in a serious manner and would also appeal the CIAA to enter in to the dazzling bungalow of those Nepali leaders who till the other day had no money to have a cup of tea in the free market streets and some even had not at all a penny to stitch their broken rubber Chappals.
Now it remains to be seen as to whether the CIAA is hell bent on insulting the NC men or will also nab the equally corrupt men scattered in various political colors and shades.
When we say so then why not to ask the CIAA to make a way into the domain of Nepali media as well. The Nepali media and the men involved in this profession also were not a sacred cow to a greater extent. We think, our own profession demands thorough cleaning as we in this profession are supposed to clean the societal evils, corruption for example. Cleaning exercise must begin from the men who are supposed to clean.
Editorial: The Telegraph Weekly, August 29, 2012.