NTB’s Nirola warns to violate PAC directive

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) Director, Subash Nirola has commented that the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Legislature-Parliament breached its jurisdiction while directing the government for his suspension.

Nirola claimed that he would continue his job against the PAC directive.

While investigating into alleged irregularities by the NTB Chief, the House panel on Wednesday had directed the the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) and Department of Money Laundering Investigation to further investigate and take action against Nirola and also submit their monthly progress report.

The Committee had also directed to appoint a new chief in the national tourism promotion body through open competition.

Organising a press conference at the Reporters’ Club in the Capital on Thursday, Nirola, however, argued that no any authority, including the parliamentary committee, can decide on any sub-judice case.

He accused the PAC of being biased against him.

PAC, after conducting a month-long investigation into the issue, has concluded that apart from Acting CEO Nirola, former chairman of NTB Sushil Ghimire, a number of NTB members and top government officials were also engaged in the financial irregularities at NTB.

Source: THT