KATHMANDU, July 16: Nepal Rasta Bank (NRB) Governor Maha Prasad Adhikari, who had resumed his work on April 20 after the order of the Supreme Court, has courted controversy again.
The Sher Bahadur Deuba-led government had suspended the Governor Adhikari on April 8 on charges of leaking highly confidential information of the Nepal Rastra Bank, failing to fulfill managerial responsibilities and the assigned responsibilities as per the purpose of the NRB. However, the apex court had issued a short-term interim order against the government’s decision to suspend Governor Adhikari.
Governor Adhikari has been accused of being M Adhikari of Khotang, who is a member of the finance and planning department of the main opposition party CPN- UML. Adhikari, who had worked in the same committee in the past, has denied the accusation and the party has also stated that M Adhikari is not Governor Adhikari. However, the UML has not been able to reveal who the M Adhikari is till date.
The top leaders of the ruling party have been alleging that the Governor Adhikari, who worked in the same committee in the past, passed secret information to CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli after the government was formed under the leadership of Deuba. The parties in the ruling coalition are in favor of Adhikari’s resignation as it is seen that he is working in the finance and planning department of CPN-UML.
Similarly, the issue of Governor has been raised in the meeting of the top leaders of the five ruling parties as well. Narayan Kaji Shrestha, the leader of the Maoist Center, mentioned that the official's resignation should be demanded while raising the issue of political involvement of the governor. Other leaders who participated in the meeting also expressed their support in this and held the opinion that the Governor Adhikari should resign from the post or be removed by the government.
Likewise, a source claimed that Deuba advised governor Adhikari who reached Baluwatar to meet the Prime Minister on Thursday to resign from the post.