RCSC yet to decide on Director General’s case

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An official from the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) admitted to having received the letter from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) pertaining to the case of Director General (DG) Sherab Tenzin of the Department of Employment and Human Resources, Ministry of Labour and Human Resources (MoLHR), but refused to comment further.

Talking to Business Bhutan, MoLHR minister Ugyen Dorji said the ministry has no role to play in this case and the ministry respects what the ACC, OAG and court will do.

“There is nothing the ministry can do and we will respect the decision of the other agencies involved,” the minister said.

Meanwhile, on August 26, the ACC had written to the RCSC informing the latter to either suspend the DG or ensure that the DG does not use public resources including office time to appear before the court after the DG was charged for criminal offence before the District Court in connection to corruption in the Overseas Employment Program implemented by the MoLHR.

“If the decision is not to suspend, kindly ensure that Sherab Tenzin does not use public resources including office time to appear before the Court,” states the ACC letter to RCSC.

Program Officer Ugyen Tashi, who is also charged for omission amounting to abuse of functions under section 63 and 59 of the Anti Corruption Act of Bhutan (ACAB) 2011, was urged to be suspended from his duty by the ACC.

Meanwhile, the Office of Attorney General (OAG) has levied four charges under two different overseas employment programmes in Japan and India against DG Sherab Tenzin.

The charges include deceptive practice, official misconduct, conflict of interest and omission amounting to abuse of functions under section 63 and 59 of the Anti Corruption Act of Bhutan (ACAB) 2011. The case was forwarded to the Thimphu District Court last week.

Talking to Business Bhutan, DG Sherab Tenzin said the ACC is doing their job and that RCSC will respond. He said that he has no comment to make over the suspension letter.

Chencho Dema from Thimphu

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