Case of Tendu gup gambling to be forwarded to court

The case of Tendu gup Nima Dukpa who was accused of gambling in one of the classrooms of Kachin Community primary school on January 1 by the former gup Pema Wangchuk will be forwarded to the court by the Sipsu police.

The officer-in charge of Sipsu police station said the authorities have been collecting statements from people about the incident after which the case will be forwarded to the court.

Meanwhile, education minister, Norbu Wangchuk said that he is not aware of the incident and the case has not been reported to him. The minister also said he does not have any comment on the issue.On March 2, a complaint was lodged against the Tendu Gup Nima Dukpa by the former gup of Tendu Pema Wangchuk for gambling in public domain. The gup, also the Thrinzing of Samtse Dzongkhag Tshogdu, was alleged of gambling in one of the classrooms of Kachin Community primary school on January 1 when a gathering was organized to celebrate a picnic in the school.

A one-minute video clip where a group of people were seen gambling along with the gup was provided as evidence to police by the complainant.
Section 393 of the Bhutan Penal Code states: “A defendant shall be guilty of the offence of gambling, if the defendant stakes or wagers something of value upon the outcome of a contest of chance, or a future contingent event not under the defendant’s control or influence, upon an agreement or understanding that the defendant will receive something of value in the event of a certain outcome.

Gambling is a petty misdemeanor as recorded in the Penal Code of Bhutan. In an earlier interview, the Gup said that he gambled for leisure but the allegation was baseless.  Meanwhile, Samtse Dzongda said that the case is registered with the police and he could not comment. Tendu gewog falls under Tashichholing Dungkhag in Samtse.

Chencho Dema from Thimphu