Writ petition filed in SC against government, central bank officials

KATHMANDU: A writ petition has been filed at the Supreme Court today seeking its action against senior officials of Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) and the Government of Nepal for creating shortage of higher denominations currency notes ahead of the Dashain.

Advocate Hemmani Subedi registered the petition demanding mandamus order against Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, Finance Minister Surendra Pandey, Acting Chief Commissioner of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) Lalit Bahadur Limbu, NRB Governor Bijaya Nath Bhattarai and Currency Management Department Chief Ashwini Kumar Thakur for creating shortage of currency notes.

The petitioner also sought the apex court order to NRB to recollect the defect notes supplied. The central bank has been accused of covering-up the crisis through the supply of the defect notes and Indian currency notes.

Stating that the NRB tactic to cover-up the crisis was against the welfare of the common people, the apex court directive has been demanded to take action against the top officials of the central bank who have their hands in the irregularities.

The petitioner accused the government and the CIAA for their inaction against those responsible for the currency notes shortage. The advocate also claimed that the NRB violated the rights of the commoners to earn, deposit and withdraw money as and when they needed. The apex court’s order to set up an inquiry panel is also sought.