Prachanda govt. reinstates Deep Kumar Upadhyay as Nepal's envoy to India

Kathmandu: Nepal on Monday nominated Deep Kumar Upadhyay as its envoy to India, nearly four months after he was recalled by the previous Oli government over charges of 'non-cooperation' and indulging in 'anti-government' activities.

The Cabinet meeting chaired by new Prime Minister Prachanda at his office in Singha Durbar today nominated Upadhyay as ambassadorial candidate for India and Chief Secretary Lila Mani Poudel for China, Nepalese media reported.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Upadhyay, who was serving as Nepal's ambassador to India since April 2015, was suddenly recalled by the erstwhile KP Sharma Oli-led government on 6 May.

Upadhyay's nomination comes less than fortnight before Prachanda's maiden visit to India after assuming office last month.

The Oli-led government had levelled three charges against Upadhyaya to justify its decision to recall him and officials had said he was working 'against national interest'. "Envoys should follow government's directives and maintain diplomatic decorum," Minister for Defence Bhim Rawal had said after the move.

Upadhyaya, a leader of opposition Nepali Congress who was appointed as Nepal's envoy to India in April last year, was being seen as the first casualty of the cancellation of Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari's planned visit to India.

The diplomat was also charged with siding with the Nepali Congress opposition in supporting a threat by the Maoist party led by Prachanda to topple Oli's government. Besides, he was accused of breaching his jurisdiction without informing the government and visiting some western Nepal districts accompanying India's ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae, Rawal had said.

Updated Date: Sep 01, 2016 21:14 PM

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