•      Thu Jun 20 2024

Governor Adhikari files writ petition against government’s decision

Governor Maha Prasad Adhikari
Governor Maha Prasad Adhikari

KATHMANDU: The now suspended Governor of Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB), Maha Prasad Adhikari, has filed a writ petition on Supreme Court today against the decision of Council of Ministers.

The government has formed a committee headed by a former judge to investigate the matter. Adhikari has reached the Supreme Court with a writ petition seeking annulment of the decision of the Council of Ministers saying that they have been suspended illegally.

According to Supreme Court officials, the writ petition of Governor Adhikari has been filed and is being studied. “His writ petition has been filed. This is under study. After the study, it will be decided whether to register or not,” the official said.

A meeting of the Council of Ministers last Thursday decided to investigate the acts of Governor Adhikari and formed a committee. The next day, a letter of suspension was handed to Adhikari. Allegations were made that the Governor was not supportive to the government to manage the country’s economy in stress, and leaked top secret information of the bank, failed to fulfill its managerial responsibilities and failed to fulfill the responsibilities assigned to it by the NRB Act.

A committee headed by former Supreme Court Justice Purushottam Bhandari was formed by the Council of Ministers to investigate the allegations. The committee consists of Chandra Kant Poudel and Surya Bahadur Thapa.

Experts on economic issues, including political parties, have termed the suspension of the Governor was untimely and biased.