Kathmandu: A top Nepalese Minister belonging to Madhesi community has resigned from a constitutional body, responsible for making appointments like that of the Chief Justice, till he is cleared of graft charges in the Supreme Court.

Communication Minister and Madhesi leader Jayaprakash Gupta, who was appointed to the Constitutional Council three months, on Friday submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai.

The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) had filed the case against Gupta accusing him of amassing property through illegal means.

The council is responsible for making appointments of chiefs of constitutional bodies including the Chief Justice.
Gupta's resignation has come immediately after Chief Justice Kheel Raj Regmee and other civil society member expressed serious concern over his appointment, according to the court sources.

A graft case against Gupta, the President of Madhesi Peoples Rights Forum (Republic), is sub-judiced at the Supreme Court.

"I resigned so as to ensure the presence of non- controversial members in the CC," Gupta said, adding he doesn't want to drag honourable members of the CC and the honourable institution into controversy due to his presence in the CC.

Recently, civil society members including former chief of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) Surya Nath Upadhaya and former secretaries Bhoj Raj Pokharel and Rameshor Khanal, popular comedians Madan Krishna Shrestha and Hari Bansha Acharya had submitted a memorandum to Bhattarai, demanding dismissal of Gupta as CC member.

The civil society members had reminded the prime minister that the chief justice and a person against whom a graft case is sub judice at the Supreme Court cannot sit together.

The SC is set to issue a verdict on Gupta's case next month.