Will the truth change? Some people think that the truth can be hidden with a little cover-up and a bit of decoration. However, as time passes by, what is true is revealed while what is fake gradually fades away into oblivion.
That’s the silver ling about the truth. That’s the thing about being real. It doesn’t change and it doesn’t have to change. Now one can put it in a different book, but it’s still real. It’s still the truth.
The High Court’s larger bench on 19 March had upheld High Court’s bench three’s judgment that convicted Home Minister Dasho Sherub Gyeltshen to two months in prison for claiming false vehicle insurance worth Nu 226,546.
The larger bench of High Court had upheld the decision of the lower courts after thorough review, and after having gathered all circumstantial evidences that led to the ugly episode.
In 28 August 2019, the Thimphu dzongkhag court’s criminal bench I had convicted Home Minister to two months in prison for claiming false vehicle insurance worth Nu 226,546.
Lyonpo Sherub Gyeltshen had then claimed insurance for his Toyota Prado vehicle which met with accident at Lamperi on Thimphu-Wangdue highway from Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan Ltd (RICBL) on 21 July, 2016. This incident was after Lyonpo’s resignation from civil service prior to joining Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa where he would be elected the vice-president.
However, according to the judgment passed by the Thimphu dzongkhag court, the statements shared by Lyonpo on claiming insurance for his vehicle were found inconsistent in nature.
Lyonpo Sherub Gyeltshen was charged for fraud under section 311 of the Penal Code of Bhutan for submitting false letter to make insurance claims.
Denying the fact, the Home Minister’s lawyer had appealed to the High Court after judgement passed by the Thimphu District Court. The lawyer refuted that Lyonpo claimed the insurance from RICBL with valid comprehensive insurance.
An appeal letter stated that critical evidence has been submitted to the court which proves Lyonpo’s innocence and alleged court for those pieces of evidence were left unattended by the court.
However, denying the truth doesn’t change the facts.
Otherwise, if public are to witness the innocence of the home minister and third parties or he is to prove of his innocence, the only final step for proceeding procedure is left. This step is already being taken by the home minister – appealed to the Supreme Court. All shall wait for this game to get over bringing truth on the fore once and for all.
The positive note, on other hand, is the home minister tendering resignation from the cabinet minister where prime minster is yet to receive it physically after his quarantine period is over. One can note the cleanliness here where no political trick is being played.
The home minister’s resignation was long overdue as the facts have been gathered and that there is no denying that he will be convicted. The fact that he is doing it himself, and voluntarily, matters because there is no running from the ugly facts and it will only be time before the axe falls on him.