De­fen­dants in­volved in De-Su­ung embezzlement case ap­peal to High Court

Business Bhutan - - Front Page - Chen­cho Dema from Thim­phu

40 peo­ple, who were in­volved in embezzlement case in re­la­tion to De-Su­ung Train­ing Pro­grammes con­ducted by the Of­fice of the DeSu­ung, have ap­pealed to the Thim­phu High Court fol­low­ing the ver­dict passed from the Army mil­i­tary court last De­cem­ber.

15 army of­fi­cers, nine NCOs (NonCom­mis­sioned Of­fi­cer) and 16 shop­keep­ers were found guilty by the mil­i­tary court. They were charged for embezzlement, aid­ing and abid­ing, while oth­ers com­pris­ing shop­keep­ers were charged for so­lic­i­ta­tion. The army of­fi­cials ranked from cap­tains to lieu­tenant colonels and the de­fen­dants had em­bez­zled amounts worth in mil­lions though the cor­rect fig­ure is not

re­vealed yet.

Sources from the High Court re­vealed that 40 in­di­vid­ual cases have been lodged with them. The show cause hear­ing for the case was done on De­cem­ber 29, 2017 by the High Court.

One of the Drang­pons from the High Court said, “As of now the ap­pel­lants have not sub­mit­ted any ground for ap­peal.”

The mis­cel­la­neous hear­ing of the case was con­ducted on De­cem­ber 22, 2017 by the Act­ing Chief Jus­tice of the High Court, Drang­pon San­gay Khandu, and the case was ad­mit­ted ac­cord­ingly.

A to­tal of 15 cases, reg­is­tered against the 40 peo­ple, were dis­trib­uted among the three benches of the High Court - Bench I, Bench II and Bench III ac­cord­ingly. Each bench has been as­signed with five cases.

The sched­uled hear­ing for cases in Bench I will be­gin on Jan­uary 15, 2017, where two hear­ings will be con­ducted, and another two hear­ings on Jan­uary 16, 2017 and Jan­uary 24, 2017. In Bench II, the hear­ing dates are on Jan­uary 24 and 25, 2017, while in Bench III, the hear­ing date is on Jan­uary 19 with two hear­ings, and the next two hear­ings on Jan­uary 22 and 23, 2017.

Of­fi­cials from the High Court said since the case is still sub-ju­dice, they are not in a po­si­tion to re­veal any fur­ther de­tails un­til the judg­ment is be­ing passed. They say they are still re­view­ing the case as of now and that the de­tails of the cases are not known to them. Mean­while, the de­fen­dants are on bail as of now.

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