The CPN-UML has suspended party secretary Top Bahadur Rayamajhi over his alleged involvement in the fake Bhutanese refugee scam.
To cooperate in the investigation into the scam, Rayamajhi has been suspended as party secretary until the case is settled, according to a statement issued today by party general secretary Shankar Pokharel.
The party is concerned over the arrest warrant issued against secretary Rayamajhi in the case, said Pokharel in the statement, adding that, "We believe in the rule of law."
The party has taken it seriously that he (Rayamajhi) failed to abide by the party's direction to cooperate in the investigations by voluntarily presenting himself to the investigation body and make clear about his status on the scam after the arrest warrant was issued, reads the statement urging him to follow the direction.
Similarly, deputy general-secretary of the party, Prithivi Subba Gurung asserted that his party was committed to cooperate the government for the investigation of the fake Bhutanese refugee scam. Participating in the discussions over the principles and priorities of the Appropriation Bill-2023/24 in today's meeting of the House of Representatives, leader Gurung reiterated party's support to the government's initiatives in the case.
"The way the government has initiated investigation into the scam, I, as a member of the parliament representing the party which upholds the value of the rule of the law and corruption-free Nepal, believe that the government should launch an impartial investigation and make sure that the culprits are not spared while the innocent ones are not prosecuted," asserted Gurung.
He informed that his party had issued an instruction to cooperate in the investigation against the party's parliamentarian Top Bahadur Rayamajhi who is also alleged into the scam.