Kathmandu: Nepal government has leveled three charges against the country’s ambassador to India Deep Kumar Upadhyay to justify its decision to recall him, with officials Saturday saying he was working ‘against national interest’.
“Envoys should follow government’s directives and maintain diplomatic decorum,” Minister for Defence Bhim Rawal told reporters in Kathmandu. In a late night development, Nepal Friday recalled Upadhyay over charges of non-cooperation and indulging in anti-government activities.
Upadhyay, a leader of opposition Nepali Congress who was appointed as Nepal’s envoy to India in April last year, is being seen as the first casualty of the cancellation of Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari’s planned visit to India.
The diplomat has been also charged with siding with the Nepali Congress opposition in supporting a threat by the Maoist party to topple Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli’s government, according to reports.
He has been accused of being involved in toppling the government, breaching his jurisdiction without informing the government and visiting some western Nepal districts accompanying India’s ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae, Rawal said.
Rawal said the cancellation of President Bhandari’s trip to India has no connection with the government’s decision to recall Upadhyay.
The president was occupied with some unavoidable tasks like announcing the policy document of the government in the Parliament on Monday due to which the visit was cancelled, he said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa, who is also the Minister for Foreign Affairs, briefed the Parliament about the cancellation of Bhandari’s India visit.