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Royal purge



A high-level committee formed under the chairmanship of retired Military Secretary Shanta Bahadur Malla to analyse the incident of 1 June has presented its findings to the king. The first action after the committee's report was the sacking of the ADCs to His Late Majesty King Birendra, and Her Late Majesty Queen Aishwarya, and ADCs to His Late Majesty King Dipendra. On the committee's recommendation, King Gyanendra has closed down the secretariat of His Late Majesty King Dipendra.

Palace watchers interpret this as a sign that the palace is wielding the axe. At a time when the palace and the government are working in tandem, people are curious to where the axe will fall next. Both committees, one formed by the government and the other formed by the palace, have pointed out serious lapses in security. They demanded action against all who didn't carry out their duties and have been assured all their recommendations will be carried out. Still, some people are raising concerns about the modalities under which action has been taken so far.

Questions are being raised asking whether the army deployed in the palace is under the jurisdiction of the army or the palace? Does the palace employ them or does the army post them there? If the army deputes them, then should the army or some other agency take action against them?

The constitution clearly states that the king, on recommendation of the Security Council, will be in charge of deploying the army. Another sub-clause states that the enlisting, management and deployment of the army will be done according to existing laws, rules and regulations. The constitution does not give the king extraordinary powers. But there are some rules and laws formulated before the present constitution became effective that do give him special powers, like deciding the tenure of the army deployed in the Royal Darbar.


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