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Interview
"We have as much authority as a court of law"



What are your commission's terms of reference, will you just investigate or will you also prosecute wrong-doers?
Our main task is to establish facts. We will find out the facts and submit the report to the government with recommendations. The concerned individual would be responsible for explaining how the property was amassed. For those who cannot present evidence commensurate to their property, we will mention in the report how the property may have been earned.

But from the royal announcement we gather that your mandate is only to investigate, not make recommendations.
I have not received all the papers. Some technical issues on what is to be investigated and what type of report is to be submitted remain to be finalised, so I cannot discuss all the details. But legally, the commission is empowered to investigate and make recommendations. The law under which we have been appointed has many provisions relating to that. We can accept evidence, question witnesses. This commission has as much authority as a court of law.

You also headed the commission to investigate the Dasarath Stadium accident. What difference do you find between that probe and your present job?
That was a specific investigation of a specific tragic event. The scope of this task is much greater. I had presented my findings objectively then and was also happy that the government actually implemented many of my recommendations. The security system of the stadium today is based on the recommendations we made, including measures on improving the safety features on the exit gates.


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(11 JAN 2013 - 17 JAN 2013)


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