PM says green light for OAG to file Lhakhang Karpo case

During the 14th Meet-the-Press session held yesterday in Thimphu, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said that he had asked the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) to fulfill their mandate for quite some time on the Lhakhang Karpo case by prosecuting it.

“I have made it very clear to them that they have taken more time than necessary, but OAG said that they had to work according to their procedure and they have to consult thoroughly with Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC),” said Lyonchhen.

After a thorough consultation with ACC, OAG had said that it could not prosecute the case during the Parliament session as the minister enjoyed immunity.  Lyonchhen said OAG had informed him last week that they have all the papers, after which Lyonchhen had asked them to clarify with the ACC if there is any conflict of interest in OAG prosecuting the case since OAG are lawyers to the government.

Lyonchhen said “ACC confirmed that OAG can go ahead with the prosecution as there is no conflict of interest.”  He said the status of the minister would be known when the case is filed.

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