Prime minister says thousands of land grab cases will be probedStatement comes amid suspicions the Cabinet is trying to save coalition leaders alleged in scams from prosecution.
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ said he will open the files of the state-owned land grabbing cases throughout the nation which he said are in thousands.
While addressing a function at the Siranchowk Rural Municipality in Gorkha, the prime minister said many people are involved in grabbing state’s land like in the Lalita Niwas scam.
The prime minister’s statement comes at a time when there is a widespread suspicion that the government is trying to save ruling coalition leaders from prosecution in the Lalita Niwas land grab case.
“Lalita Niwas was just a beginning,” Dahal said, addressing people’s representatives and locals. “Thousands of such cases await investigation. Those involved in land grab cases should be brought to book.”
Though the prime minister has been saying that many bigger corruption cases will be investigated soon, the government has not announced a probe on any such cases yet.
“Mafias, spread all over the country, have been grabbing state-owned land using different tricks and luring civil servants,” Dahal said.
People were hopeful with the Dahal led government after it started investigations on some notorious corruption cases like fake Bhutanese refugees case and 60 kg gold smuggling case and the Lalita Niwas land grab case.
But people have started to express their dissatisfaction with the delayed pace of the investigations, suspicious that the political leaders have been in cahoots to save the major suspects.
But the prime minister has been reiterating that no person involved in the scams will be spared.
“Nobody will be spared, whether they are ministers, leaders or the office bearers [of parties],” he said. “People are saying that the Prachanda government will save its people and take action against others but I have already directed the investigators that even the prime minister should not be spared if he is found guilty.”
The prime minister also said he has started a new campaign against frauds in the microfinance and cooperatives and will provide justice to loan shark victims. He said his government has been working to change the understanding among the people that laws are only meant for the poor and the weak.
“This is just the beginning,” he said. “We should give continuity to this campaign until the network of corruption is broken and good governance is established.”