Speaker and Home Minister sentenced to prison termsMar 8 2013
He has been convicted for official misconduct, fraud, forgery and deceptive practices during the Gyalpoizhing land allotment between 1999 to 2002.
The Tshogpon, Jigme Tshultim, then the Monggar Dzongda had been the Chairman of the land allotment committee. The Anti-Corruption Commission has laid 23 charges against the Speaker.
The Home Minister, Minjur Dorji, is also sentenced to a year’s prison term by the court. The Home Minister also as the Monggar Dzongda, and the Chairman of the land allotment committee had allotted plots to Kharchu Dratsang, Dremitse Dratsang and Kunzang Dema.
He has been found guilty of official misconduct.
The plot allotment committee secretary, Dechen Singye, received a year’s sentence. He has been charged for allotting a plot to his sister during the Gyalpoizhing land allotment, when the Speaker was the Chairman.
Fourteen committee members have been sentenced to one year imprisonment for official misconduct. They were accused of failing to carry out their duties diligently while allotting plots to Kharchu Dratsang, Dremitse Dratsang and a Kunzang Dema.
Of the 18 total members, two are studying abroad, and two have been acquitted as they had not signed the minutes of the meeting.
All who have been sentenced can pay thrimthue or cash penalty in lieu of the sentence term.
Both the Speaker and the Home Minister have not shared if they will appeal to the High Court.