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Information Minister Baskota Resigns From The Post After Corruption Controversy
  Kathmandu, Nepal      February 20 2020


Kathmandu, Nepal, February 20: Minister for Communication and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Baskota has resigned from his post after an audio recording of a conversation between Minister Baskota and Swiss Company local agent Bijaya Prakash Mishra that heard negotiating for Rs 700 million in bribe over the procurement of security printing press for the government leaked in different media outlets. 

The two minutes 31 seconds long audio recording heard that local agent Mishra tells the minister Banskota that the Swiss Embassy representatives will come to the minister's office at 12 pm on coming Monday to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the procurement of the security printing press for the government.

Likewise, the audio recording also heard that the local agent of the Swiss company assures minister Banskota that he will get the shares of the commission amount of 700 million. As per the audio available in the different media, the agent will get 30 percent share out of 700 million of commission amount while minister Banskota will get 70 percent.