Ministers inspect former king's residence Nagarjun

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Kathmandu, Jun 9 (UNI) Ministers and Chiefs of security agencies today inspected the Nagarjuna palace, which has been given to former King Gyanendra to be used as a 'temporary' residence.

Home Minister Krishna Prasad Situala, Communication Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara and security chiefs were in the inspection team.

The ex King would move from Narayanhiti palace before June 12, the expiry of the 15-day deadline given to him by the government, the Nepal News quoted the Home Minister as saying.

The government had decided to allow Gyanendra's step mother Ratna and his close relative step grand mother Sarala Manandhar to stay at Narayanhiti palace ''for the time being''.

Meanwhile, the government has given seven more days to a committee formed to keep record of the assets in Narayanhiti.

After a meeting of the political committee of the Council of Ministers in the afternoon, Mr Situala said the deadline was extended as the committee was yet to complete its job.

The committee has not been able to make a reliable assessment of the properties with the palace officials as the official has not been cooperating with the committee.

The ex King is said to be controversially claiming his ownership over some valuables including the jewel-studded crown.

Earlier, it was reported that the crown and sceptre were auctioned in London market. A local newspaper quoted palace official as saying that the former king was ready to provide crown and the sceptre which is said to be locked in Gyanendra's step mother's residence.

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