Nepali PM asked to explain Indian embassy 'threat' | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, August 10, 2010 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 10, 2010

Nepali PM asked to explain Indian embassy 'threat'

A Nepali lawmaker's charge that he was threatened by two senior officials of the Indian embassy in Kathmandu has prompted a parliamentary committee to summon caretaker Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala. The Indian embassy has rubbished the allegation as 'baseless'.
Nepal's Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Relations and Human Rights has summoned Nepal and Koirala Tuesday to look into allegations by Maoist MP Ram Kumar Sharma that he was threatened by a senior official from the consular section of the Indian embassy as well as the ambassador last week.
'Since Nepal is a sovereign country, any such threat to a member of its parliament is a serious issue and violates diplomatic norms,' committee chairman Padam Lal Bishwokarma told IANS. 'We have called the PM and foreign minister for discussions regarding an investigation into the allegations.'
Sharma created a furore Friday, when Nepal held a fourth round of inconclusive election to choose a new prime minister.
He told a private television channel that he had been warned off by the Indian Ambassador Rakesh Sood indirectly for supporting Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda, and more bluntly by a senior official from the consular section of the Indian embassy, Subrata Das.
Sharma alleged Das threatened to have him abducted. Earlier, a senior official of the Kendriya Vidyalaya, the Indian school in Kathmandu, reportedly told him he would have to remove his daughter from Class 11, where she had been recently admitted.

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