Kathmandu, December 28:

The Special Court today directed the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) to verify, within three days, the authenticity of a letter dated June 18, 2007, issued by the KPMG, a Sri Lanka-based company.

This is the second time the court has issued such an order to the NRB in connection with a case related with Governor of the Nepal Rastra BankBijaya Nath Bhattarai and Executive Director Surendra Man Pradhan.

A few days ago, the NRB had replied that it has no record of receiving such a letter issued by such a company.

Two of the three member-bench directed the Nepal Rastra Bank to verify the

letter. Judges Komal Nath Sharma and Cholendra SJB Rana issued the order,

whereas chairing judge Bhoopdhoj Adhikary differed with the opinion.

The bench has directed to produce the case before the court on Wednesday.

The court issued this order while examining a letter issued by the KPMG to the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), which denies of sending any consultant to Nepal.

The CIAA had filed a corruption case against the two top officials of the central bank on June 29, accusing them of their involvement in irregularities in the Banking Sector Reform Project.

The CIAA claimed that the duo had terminated the NRB agreement with the IEF Inc, Lloyd Hill Okaton, United States and the KPMG, Sri Lanka, causing loss of Rs 30 million to the central bank.