The second episode of the Gyelpoizhing drama begins

The Gyelpoizhing land allotment case takes center stage yet again, as hearings on 70 pending civil cases for land recipients began on November 26 at the Mongar District Court.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed restitution case against 71 land recipients following the Gyalpoizhing land case that ended early this year with the court pronouncing the verdict against former Speaker Jigme Tshultim, former Home Minister Minjur Dorji, and 14 plot allotment committee members on charges filed by the ACC.

The 75 cases related to Gyalpoizhing land allotment were registered in a span of two days on November 13 and 14.

Some of the land recipients had submitted their opening statements to the court, while some have begun presenting rebuttal statements.

According to ACC officials, lands allotted to 70 recipients were illegal, and that they received the land through the Dzongdas during the late 90s and that the recipients also did not fulfill the criteria.

Therefore, the allotted plots, ACC officials said needed to be cancelled and restituted to the state in accordance with Section 48 of the Penal Code of Bhutan.

Most of the land recipients who were allotted land in the Gyelpoizhing were not present during the land allotment process.

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