This is in reply to the OAG’s decision on the “Gyelpozhing” Land case/scam recently covered in the newspapers. The majority of our people are not satisfied with the OAG’s decision. We think and in fact feel this decision is unfair for the reasons stated thus.
Firstly OAG is the Legal Arm of the Government only, known even to the our farmers working in remote places. Then naturally, the OAG ‘cannot be expected to prosecute or charge sheet the Government.’ His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo has stressed on the vibrancy of Democracy in our Nation State. So, a young democracy like ours must learn from these incidents and allow the due process of law to take place.
Secondly, the committee members that came out with the decision were only five and they were all lawyers with no other valid representatives. The committee members should have been made up of not only lawyers but also others like a representative from the Land Commission and at least one of the representatives from the aggrieved party whose land has been affected. There is definitely “Public dismay” over the Office of the Attorney General’s report as written in numerous newspapers.
Another point is that the OAG made this decision within just fifteen days while the ACC took more than a year to investigate into the matter as reported in various media outlets. Therefore speculation is rife amongst our populace questioning the ‘transparency’ of the OAG and how it will impact the “Gyelpozhing” Land Case/Scam. It definitely is not the end.
Section 128(3) of the Anti-Corruption Act says the ACC “can carry out its own prosecution or take over the prosecution from the OAG if its case is delayed without a valid reason, manipulated or hampered by interference”. Which means the ACC reserves the right and authority to proceed with the case and move Court if the ACC feels the OAG’s decision has been “manipulated or hampered by interference”.
Therefore, the truly aggrieved people are waiting for the ACC and the final outcome for our poor brethren is being affected by the unfair decisions which the general public well knows.
His Majesty our fourth Druk Gyalpo established the “Anti Corruption Commission” for the benefit of all and also to ensure that people refrain from corruption. His Majesty the present Druk Gyalpo, our beloved People’s King reiterates from time to time that we can’t tolerate corruption at all in our Nation. Therefore, it is now up to the ACC to find out the ultimate truth and do justice to our poor brethrens bereft of their Lands.
We urge the ACC to give their best as they have been doing so far as one of the constitutional bodies. We the people of Bhutan and especially the aggrieved lot are awaiting justice from the ACC at the earliest by following their own mandates and laws.
Dr. Thinley Norbu