Kathmandu, Nepal, February 26, 2020: President of main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) Sher Bahadur Deuba has strongly objected to the white paper released by the Nepal Trust.
The Trust had issued a paper on Tuesday claiming that the decision on leasing the land of Trust was taken by the cabinet led by Deuba.
Issuing a press press statement on Wednesday, Deuba, who is also the fourth time prime minister of the country, claimed that the allegation labeled against him is inappropriate both from the political and legal point of view.
Since the Nepal Trust Act was endorsed in 2007, defining it as an autonomous organization, all the decisions were taken at the level of bureaucracy, Deuba has stated in the press statement. ‘The decision taken by the trust did not necessarily mean that it was taken during my tenure, states the statement.
The allegation is a deliberate attempt to divert the issue of the leaked audio conversation between erstwhile Information Minister Gokul Prasad Baskota and a local agent of a Swiss company over bargaining for Rs 700 million bribes, Deuba has stated in the statement, Deuba has said in the statement.