Don’t raise issue that is sub-judice: Pandey

- SANJEEV GIRI, Kathmandu
Don’t raise issue that is sub-judice: Pandey

Sep 13, 2014-

A day after some of the members, including two vice-presidents, questioned his legitimacy, FNCCI President Pradeep Jung Pandey said on Saturday the issue was already addressed by the central committee meeting on Friday.

Organising a press meet at the FNCCI headquarters, Pandey said the issue cannot be discussed as long as it is sub-judice in the Supreme Court, and an executive committee decision has proven him legitimate.

The Pandey faction claimed 37 out of 68 executive committee members, who were at Friday’s meeting, decided the Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) would respect the proceedings of the Supreme Court (SC) and ask the members not to raise an issue that is under the Supreme Court’s review. Pandey’s “unfulfilled” jail sentence on criminal charges three decades ago has been a subject of intense debate, with the rival faction claiming the FNCCI statute bars anybody charged with criminal offense from becoming president.

On Friday, the rival faction led by Senior Vice-president Pashupati Murarka and Vice-president Shekhar Golchha boycotted executive the committee meeting in Dhulikhel, questioning the president’s legitimacy. Two other vice-presidents—Dinesh Lal Shrestha and Kishore Pradhan—are said to be in support of Pandey.

Murarka reiterated as the president is illegitimate, his decisions cannot be said to be legal. “How can a man who is clearly mentioned as illegitimate as per the statue hold a meeting and take decisions. All these decisions too are illegitimate,” said Murarka.

Amid war of words between the two factions, the establishment faction has threatened to take disciplinary action against the disgruntled. The FNCCI meeting has decided to form a disciplinary committee under the leadership of former FNCCI president Ravi Bhakta Shrestha. The decision has been taken as per the article 38-A of the FNCCI statute, read an FNCCI statement. “The apex body of the county’s private sector seems to have become indisciplined. The committee will take account of the acts of the executive committee members,” said Pandey at the press meet.

The establishment faction’s decision to remove immediate Past President Suraj Vaidya from the SAARC Chambers of Commerce where he represented as senior vice-president further deteriorated relations between two factions.

Pandey defended the decision saying Vaidya had nominated his own name without having consulted with the then executive committee. The establishment faction has now nominated former President Pradeep Kumar Shrestha to replace Vaidya.

FNCCI has been in turmoil ever since Pandey’s election as president. Pandey was sent to three years in jail and slapped a fine of Rs 5,000 on corruption charges in June 1982 when was accountant at the then Water Supply Corporation.

After the Supreme Court on last Tuesday asked the defendants, including Kathmandu District Court (KDC), not to arrest Pradeep Jung Pandey due to the lack of clarity whether the jail sentence against Pandey was revoked, the tension arose at the FNCCI.

According to Pandey faction, his jail term had been revoked by the then King Birendra Shah on November 20, 1985, through a royal decree.

Published: 14-09-2014 09:31

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