Bhutan’s National Assembly Speaker & Home Minister sentenced for official misconductnal

3/08/2013
In Bhutan, a district court sentenced National Assembly Speaker Jigme Tshultim and Home Minister Minjur Dorji for official misconduct in the Gyalpoizhing land allotment case.

According to Bhutan official media, BBS, the Speaker has been sentenced to two and a half year and the Home Minister to a year in prison but they can pay cash penalty in lieu of the sentence.

The Assembly Speaker Jigme Tshultim was found guilty of illegally allotting plots to 23 individuals during his tenure as the district chief and Chairman of the plot allotment committee in 2001-02. The Mongar district court also sentenced the Home Minister Minjur Dorji for official misconduct in allotting three plots during his tenure in 2005-06.

The verdict said the plots must be returned to the government. The court ruled that both the Speaker and the Home Minister failed to abide by His Majesty’s written order issued in 1987 and the allotment criteria set by the Works and Human Settlement Ministry.
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