Kathmandu, 17 May: Nepali Congress General Secretary Gagan Thapa has demanded that former Home Minister Balkrishna Khand, currently under police custody in connection with the investigation of the Bhutani refugee scam, be suspended from the party.
‘No one involved in this scam be spared, and all of them must be brought to justice,’ Thapa said while addressing Prajatantrik Bichar Samaj, a pro-Nepali congress think tank, in the capital today.
‘Khand must be suspended without any delay’, he said, adding the party should not show any leniency towards anyone being investigated into any form of corruption, and they should be punished if ‘proven guilty’. ‘Corruption is a crime against the nation, and a pro-democracy party like Nepali congress should not make any compromise on this issue.’
He said any party including the Nepali Congress may have corrupt people, leaders or workers in it, but ‘we should not let our party be known as a corruption institution. An institution or a party in itself can not become corrupt if those corrupt in it are treated as per law.