The Mongar district court found the Speaker and Home Minister guilty of charges labeled against them by ACC. The Speaker was sentenced to a two and a half year term and the Home Minister was sentenced to a one year term.
Since the ACC had filed criminal charges against both the verdict now puts into question the Speaker and Home Minister’s participation in the 2013 Electoral race. This is because the Election Act debars any candidates with criminal charges from taking part in elections.
Both the sentences are bailable as any sentence below three years is bailable as per the penal code.
Dechen Singye was also found guilty and sentenced to one year. Out of 18 committee members 14 were convicted for a year for not carrying out their duty with due diligence. Two were acquitted and two were out of country.
The Speaker and Home Minister were both found guilty of having allotted plots illegally. Lyonpo Minjur was charged for official misconduct.
Speakers allotted plots to 23 individuals illegally including the one made to his maid. Allotments made by Lyonpo Minjur to Kuenzang Dema and two plots given to the Dratshang have to be returned to the government.
The accused have 10 days to appeal to the High Court.
Hearings for those who had taken illegal plots will be done separately.
Chencho Dema / Mongar