NAC aircraft purchase scam catches another track

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The issue of irregularities in the procurement process of two wide body aircraft of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has been running from long time but the total truth has not been revealed yet. It seems to go long as the case has caught yet another track.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli questioned Rabindra Adhikari, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) on the controversial topic of irregularities in the procurement process of two wide body aircraft of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) on Saturday(January 5).

According to Kantipur online source, the meeting has came ahead of Oli’s scheduled address to parliament today (January 6) as sub-committee of Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC) asked the role of Minister Adhikari and NAC officials regarding the uncertain purchasing process of NAC.

According to Minister Adhikari, PM asked him about the case in order to deliver speech on Parliament today which was scheduled to held on Thursday (January 3) but was postponed due to lack of preparation.

Narayan Kaji Shrestha, Party spokesperson stated that NCP will give official statement when sub-committee of PAC submit the report and make it public.

On the other side, Minister Adhikari disagreed to resign saying that there is no strong evidences of his involvement in the wide-body scam. He also said that the report was prepared with ill-intention.

Minister Adhikari promised to respond formally only when House committee submits final report and prepared to accept the charges if found guilty.

Minister Adhikari had talked with the auditor general before paying the final installment and he did not investigate when the media reported million rupees scam in wide-body purchase deal whereas Minister Adhikari refused to be blame for clearing dues following the order of the authorities and the ministry’s plan.

According to PM KP Oli, the report of sub-committee was not final truth as the PAC failed to approve the report of sub-panel because of NCP members.

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