NOC Managing Director Gopal Khadka (Republica file photo)
KATHMANDU, Oct 17: The Election Commission (EC) has allowed the government to transfer controversial Nepal Oil Corporation Managing Director Gopal Khadka to the Ministry of Supplies, barring the corruption-accused Khadka from continuing his job as the state oil monopoly chief.
Concluding that controversial Khadka could destroy evidences and cause further damages to the institution, the government had sought consent from the election body in the context of election code enforced. The election code bars the government from recruiting, promoting and transferring the government officials without its prior consent once the date of election is announced.
The government had sacked Khadka after parliamentary committees stated that millions of rupees were embezzled while procuring land plots in various parts of the country for the purpose of fuel storages. NOC had purchased the land plots in Chitwan, Bhairahawa, Jhapa and Sarlahi.
Shortly after the dismissal from the job, Khadka had moved Supreme Court demanding that he be reinstated in the position. Without going through the parliamentary probe reports, the court had reinstated him.
The Election Commission (EC) has permitted the government to transfer Managing Director (MD) Gopal Khadka, who has been facing charges of embezzling millions of rupees in the purchase of land plots for oil storage, and allow him to work at the ministry.
The EC decided to allow MD Khadka to work as per the request of the ministry, according to Navaraj Dhakal, spokesperson of the EC.
The ministry has demanded with the EC to transfer from the Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) to the ministry saying that the NOC will suffer further damages if he remained there.