Kathmandu, November 11
Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has rejected reports about his involvement in irregularities in the purchase of two wide body aircraft for Nepal Airlines Corporation.
He says he is ready to retire from his political career if any authority proves his role in the suspected irregularities.
In an interview with Onlinekhabar, Minister Adhikari says, “The purchase process began three years ago. Everything was decided before I came including all specifications of the aircraft and payment procedure.”
“I was not involved in the process. I just wanted to make sure that the aircraft should be brought here once we have already spent the money.”
Adhikari claims agents, competitive businesses and media among others charged him with irregularities because they do not want to see the NAC improving its business.
The Minister, however, maintains that he will cooperate with investigations to be carried out regarding the purchase.
“We are advocating for the investigation. But, I reassure you that I was not involved in the purchase,” he says, “If anybody finds my role in any irregularity, I will retire from my political life. I do not have any fear because I have not done anything wrong.”