Govt asks Gyanendra and Paras to return 8 vehicles and computers

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Kathmandu, Jun 18 (UNI) The Nepal government has asked former king Gyanendra and his son Paras to give back eight government vehicles which they have been using, media reports said.

It also asked Paras to hand over some computers that the latter had taken away, Kantipur qouted officials as saying.

''The government conveyed its instruction to Gyanendra and Paras through Pashupati Bhakta Maharjan, former principal secretary of the ousted king yesterday,'' the reports said.

A source said the government is yet to get replies from the ex-king and his son regarding the vehicles.

''Gyanendra took four vehicles with him when he left the palace last Wednesday. The government wants Gyanendra to return two vehicles as it has already decided to give him only two vehicles, a car and a jeep,'' the source told the Kantipur.

''Similarly, Paras has been using six government vehicles and some desktops and laptops'', it added quoting officials involved in documenting the properties of the palace.

The source said Paras had taken the vehicles and computers from Nepal Trust for Nature Conservation, an NGO which was headed by Paras himself before the April Movement in 2006.

The source further told the Post that the government has been asking the former royals to return the vehicles and computers for the last couple of days.

In the meantime, Gyanendra has informed the government committee working on an inventory of palace properties that he possesses no historical documents.

The committee had asked Gyanendra in writing last week whether he possessed any historical documents that were often talked about by historians.

The government committee headed by General Administration Secretary Dr Govinda Prasad Kusum has finalised its report. It is most likely to submit the report to the government today if the Prime Minister allots time to the committee.

Meanwhile, the committee is all set to recommend to the government 61 cows that are inside Narayanhiti Palace to be handed over to the Ministry of Agriculture for their management.

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