Kathmandu, November 23:

Former Information and Communication Minister in the King Gyanendra-led council of ministers, Shrish Shumsher Rana, today filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court challenging the decision of the government to recover Rs 3.6 million from him.

Rana moved the court after getting a letter from the Ministry of Information and Communication, in which the ministry has accused him of illegally distributing Rs 3.6 million to several people. The ministry has urged Rana to cough up the amount.

Rana claimed in the petition that the decision to recover the amount from him was illegal as the money was spent on government activities as per the decision of the council of ministers. Rana has sought the apex court order to scrap the decision.