Speaker orders govt to unveil probe report on Madhes movement

Published On: March 14, 2019 12:11 PM NPT By: Republica

KATHMANDU, March 14: Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara has instructed the government to make public a report produced by a high-level commission led by former justice Girish Chandra Lal, which was formed to investigate the atrocities committed during the Madhes movement in 2015. 

The report has stated that 66 persons including ten police personnel were killed in the movement.

The speaker’s directive to the government came after the disgruntled Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) obstructed the parliament session for half-an-hour on Wednesday afternoon demanding the government to release the report submitted by the Lal commission.

RJPN ended the obstruction following the speaker’s ruling. 

Earlier, immediately after the start of the meeting, RJPN lawmakers protested against the government by rising from their seats. After this Speaker Mahara allowed RJPN leader Raj Kishor Yadav to deliver his remarks. He demanded that the government immediately release the Lal commission report. 

The commission was formed as per the demand of the Madhes-based parties and it had submitted the investigation report to the then Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba in December 2017. However, the government has not made the report public.

Violent protests had erupted in the run-up to constitution drafting as the Madhes-based fringe parties vehemently opposed the plans of the major political parties to promulgate the constitution through a fast-track process in the constituent assembly.  

The probe commission was set up as per a three-point deal reached between the Nepali Congress, the CPN (Maoist Centre) and the then Federal Alliance of the disgruntled Madhesi parties.

The report has incorporated altogether 3,264 complaints registered at the commission. The investigation commission comprised Deputy Attorney General Surya Koirala, Advocate Sujan Lopchan, former AIG of Nepal Police Navaraj Dhakal and joint-secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs Narayan Prasad Sharma Duwadi.


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