Though the full investigation report is yet to be shared the Anti Corruption Commission must be commended for the completion of its investigation on Gyelpozhing.
The investigation has found that Royal Kashos and national laws were broken to give the influential and the powerful land in Gyelpozhing town. This was done at the expense of ordinary people who lost their land and were eligible for the plots.
Gyelpozhing shows the level of corruption and nepotism in the Bhutanese system which many ordinary Bhutanese are aware of but are unable to speak up against.
Powerful members of the cabinet, judiciary, bureaucracy and others taking or accepting land meant for farmers who lost their land and eligible shopkeepers violated many ethical and legal norms.
Though these farmers and shopkeepers pointed out the flaws and repeatedly requested for their legitimate plots little heed was paid to them.
Gyelpozhing in many ways is the tip of an iceberg as our system allows the powerful to get their way with land, government jobs, mines, economic projects, laws and government resources.
Gyelpozhing was never highlighted as a political issue when it first came out in the media. Great pains were taken in the initial media reports to name all the influential people involved like the then cabinet, judiciary, bureaucracy and others.
The political twist was given by members of the current government who came up with conspiracy theories, defamatory allegations and erroneous explanations.
The only redeeming factor was the Prime Minister ordering an ACC enquiry six days days after the ACC said it would review the case.
However, in the meantine a vendetta campaign was launched by politicians in the government to punish truth tellers including this paper. Attempts were also made to intimidate the ACC into finishing the report early.
Now that the case has been given to the Office of the Attorney General there are obvious questions about whether there is an issue of conflict of interest.
Some feel that that the ACC in line with international best practices and interpreting provisions in its own Act could have prosecuted the case in its own by hiring an independent prosecutor.
However, another school of thought is that the OAG is the government lawyer and the government is prosecuting individuals and not official government post holders no matter how senior they are.
Another area of concern now is also in the judiciary as the case also involves close family members of judges.
Precautions will have to be taken by the ACC, OAG, government and judiciary to prevent a conflict of interest either in the prosecution or judgment of the case.
Some critics have tried to paint the entire Gyelpozhing issue as an anti-government issue. If upholding Royal Kashos, the Constitution, laws, the interests of the nation and the rights of ordinary citizens is being anti-government then the whole nation must be in on it.
One question that will haunt many minds is the impact of the Gyelpozhing case on the future of the country and democracy when senior and respected leaders are involved in such activities. This case also shows that there is a pressing need for a thorough clean up of old attitudes that rewards such practices.
Though Gyelpozhing in many ways is a damning statement on our system it also gives Bhutan reason for hope as the investigation has come this far on the strength of democratic institutions. How matters proceed from here on will show the true level of transparency and resilience of our democratic system and its democratic institutions.