Wide-body aircraft deal

Kathmandu,Jan 11:The Himalayan Times reports that the government is planning to trash the parliamentary Public Account Committee’s report on irregularities in the purchase of the wide-body aircraft. Communication Minister Gokul Baskota says the government will take necessary actions only after it receives a report from the High-Level judicial Probe Commission, indicating that the House panel’s report would be trashed. The High-Level commission led by former Chief Justice Govindra Prasad Prajuli has been given 45 days to submit its report. The government is also ruling out immediate action against the officials indicted by the PAC sub-committee.

Similarly, The Kathmandu Post reports that sub-committee of the PAC failed to take notice of some crucial facts of the case. The PAC, in its report, had asked current and two former tourism ministers to take ‘moral responsibility’ for failing to take necessary caution while releasing the funds for buying the planes. However, Jitendra Narayan Dev, whom it mentions in the report was not the tourism minister when the decision to send the first installment of $79 million was made. It was then prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba who was looking after the aviation portfolio.

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