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Nepal: Ex-King aide denies Paras link to currency ring

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 - 23:29

Kathmandu: Amid reports in Indian media
linking him to a fake currency racket operated by Dawood
Ibrahim from Pakistan, Nepal`s former prince Paras Shah landed
here on a family visit, even as an aide of the dethroned king
dismissed the allegations as "totally baseless".

"The charges made by the Indian media -- both print and
electronic -- regarding Paras are totally fabricated and
baseless. These are absolutely false," said Sagar Timilsina, a
former aide to King Gyanendra who was deposed after Nepal
became a republic last year.

During the Indian Airlines plane hijacking of December
1999, an Indian television channel falsely accused Nepali
national Gajendra Maskey of being one of the hijackers, which
later proved to be false, Timilsina said.

"There is no evidence to prove any links between Paras
and the fake currency racket," he said. He also said that a
picture showing Paras sitting close to Dawood Ibrahim was the
"product of trick photography".

The flamboyant former Crown Prince, living in self-exile
in Singapore for the past two years, returned to Kathmandu
yesterday. The 38-year-old will stay for a few days and spend
time with his family, which is living here.

During the two-year period, Paras had visited Nepal once.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 - 23:29
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