SC convicts Dasho Sherab Gyeltshen and 5 others after a moral high ground exit

The Supreme Court convicted Dasho Sherab Gyeltshen, four RICBL officials and one workshop proprietor in connection to a false vehicle insurance claim case. The Supreme Court did not find a reason to alter the charges. 

The Supreme Court convicted Dasho Sherub Gyeltshen, to two months imprisonment which is classified as petty misdemeanor.

He claimed vehicle insurance worth Nu 226,546 saying that his Toyota Prado met with an accident in 2016 at Lamperi.

The conviction of the Supreme Court was widely expected given the nature of the case and evidence and the fact that it is very rare for the SC to overturn three similar judgments.

However, on 6th May much was made of Dasho’s resignation as Home Minister, and the Prime Minister called it a ‘huge milestone’ effusively praising Dasho for his ‘spiritual values’. It now becomes clear that Dasho was anyhow on his way out.

Former Executive Director of RICBL, Sonam Dorji is convicted for one year for misusing his power on two grounds. He changed the insurance cover of the vehicle from a third party to a comprehensive scheme.

He also has asked his subordinates to release the scheme by changing the scheme without inspecting the vehicle. He is convicted for two offences.

RICBL’s General Manager Sangay Wangdi is convicted to six months in prison for solicitation. The judgment states that he asked inspection officer Ugyen Namdrol to get a blank cash receipt from an automobile workshop to adjust the claim.

Meanwhile, inspection officer, Ugyen Namdrol is sentenced to 6 months in prison for forgery and deceptive practice. RICBL official, Sangay Dorji is sentenced to 1 month in prison for aiding and abetting.

The court convicted proprietor of Dagap workshop, Yonten Phuntsho to 6 months in prison for aiding and abetting. 

However, all the six convicts can pay Thrim-thue in lieu of imprisonment.

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