Government protecting those involved in audio scandal: Deuba

Published On: March 1, 2020 02:50 PM NPT By: Kunga Hyolmo

KATHMANDU, Mar 1: President of Nepali Congress, the main opposition party, Sher Bhadur Deuba has expressed concern over the delay in launching investigation on the recent security printing procurement deal scandal.

Earlier audio went viral where former Communication Minister Gokul Prasad Baskota was heard bargaining with Bijay Mishra, a Swiss company agent for a bribe during procurement of security printing press.

Addressing the meeting of House of Representative (HoR) on Sunday, President Deuba said that the government has not initiated investigation yet over the audio scandal of Minister Baskota even a week after Baskota's resignation.

President Deuba claimed that there must be involvement of more than one minister or an official in this 'mega corruption scam'.

“In the leaked audio, former Minister is clearly heard pronouncing says ‘we’. Prime Minister Oli should answer and launch probe into the case,” he added.  

He also accused PM Oli of terming the audio scam as 'fraudulent audio' without serious investigation which could influence the investigation of the case in following days.

According to Deuba, the government is trying to protect the accused individual in the recent scam by diverting the people to the issue of white–paper report of Nepal Trust.

Similarly, Deuba also made it clear that his government has not made any kind of decisions in connection to leasing the land of Nepal Trust as mentioned in the white-paper of Trust.

On a different note, he urged the government to reduce tax in petroleum products and adopt effective precautions against the possible viral outbreak of coronavirus which has spread in more than 50 nations globally.

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