Earlier, the group of 50 had announced a sojourn from Trashigang to petition against the court verdict that convicted the two ministers
The petition to be submitted by the 50 Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) supporters from Trashigang to the Supreme Court chief justice has been withdrawn.
The submission was with regards to the Gyelpozhing land case and the Mongar district court verdict passed on 8 March.
Talking to The Bhutanese, the DPT coordinator Gyembo from Trashigang said “there were allegations against the DPT supporters that since we are DPT supporters we were trying to defend our ministers. So we decided to cancel the petition but people belonging to the constituencies of the two ministers are planning to file a petition.”
The DPT coordinator of Trashigang said the public would sign the petition and give it to the Chief Justice, Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye within 10 days.
The people of Trashigang feared the National Assembly (NA) Speaker Jigme Tshultim and home minister Minjur Dorji might not be able to contest for the upcoming parliamentary elections due to consequences of the verdict so they will be adding just a point in the petition which is that the two Ministers should be allowed to take part in the elections.
Meanwhile Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye said “As of now the petition has not reached me and I cannot decide on my own but have to discuss with the other fellow justices.”
The Party coordinator said many people in Trashigang feel that injustice is being done to two Ministers as they were involved in a case that happened much before the country’s conversion to a democracy and the formation of the institution of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
According to the coordinator, challenging the Authority (ACC), the people of Trashigang have said, “Since it is the duty of OAG to prosecute the case why has ACC taken up the case. And questioning ACC, the people said there might be so many similar such cases, so will the same investigation be done on those cases too.
A 58-year old farmer from Radhi said, “We voted for Lyonpo (Speaker) and he has done so many things for the Gewog and it is sad to know that he won’t be able to contest in the upcoming election just because of the verdict. What happened in past is past, why penalize it now. The verdict should be reviewed and they should be allowed to participate.”
While another farmer said, “it is sad to know that our two Lyonpos won’t be able to contest but we will pray that the high court will review the case and give justice.”
Chencho Dema / Thimphu