Breaking news: The Mongar district court this morning sentenced National Assembly Speaker Jigme Tshultim to two and a half years in prison for official misconduct in the Gyalpoizhing land allotment case. He was found guilty of illegally allotting plots to 23 individuals including his maid during his tenure as the Mongar Dzongda and chairman of the plot allotment committee in 2001-02. The verdict said the plot allotted to his maid must be given back to the government. There will be separate hearings for the others who were illegally allotted plots.
The Mongar court also sentenced the Home Minister Minjur Dorji to a year in prison for official misconduct in allotting plots to two dratshangs and the wife of a Kurichhu project engineer during his tenure as the Mongar Dzongda in 2005-06 and as chairman of the plot allotment committee. 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 kasho (written order) issued in 1987 and the allotment criteria set by the works and human settlement ministry.
Both the speaker and home minister can pay thrimthue (cash penalty) in lieu of the sentence term. Thrimthue is calculated on the minimum wage which is Nu 100 a day.
The other plot committee members were also given a one year sentence for not carrying out their duties diligently. They can pay thrimthue in lieu of the prison term.