Nepal: Foreign secretary fined for non-cooperation

Madan Kumar Bhattarai has been fined for not cooperating in the probe against Lharkyal Lama.

Kathmandu: Nepalese Foreign Secretary Madan Kumar Bhattarai has been fined by a judicial probe committee for his non-cooperation in the investigation into alleged misuse of passport and possession of multiple citizenship by a former minister.

The committee yesterday slapped a fine of Rs 500 on Bhattarai for not cooperating in the probe against Minister of State for Finance Lharkyal Lama for misuse of passport, Foreign Ministry officials said.

"Since, he did not cooperate despite our several requests to provide details of passports and citizenships possessed by Lama, we decided to fine Bhattarai," Deputy Attorney Ramesh Sharma Paudel, also a member of the panel, was quoted as saying by The Himalayan Times.

Lama, a Buddhist monk and Tibetan activist, was appointed Minister of State under Jhalanath Khanaal-led government. He was dragged into controversy after reports that he possesses double citizenship and misused passport.

He had later resigned on April 22 from the post after protests in his own party CPN-UML.

Sending a letter on Tuesday, the probe committee had warned Bhattarai either to forward the necessary details by Thursday or face legal action.


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