30 January 2019: Community sources in Canberra say ambassador Lucky Sherpa has left Australia for good and is most likely to tender her resignation within few days of her arrival back home.
The latest development confirms an earlier report by southasia.com.au which had revealed that the ambassador had returned to Australia only to take care of some family affairs and not to resume in her official capacity. A Nepalese government source had also claimed that she would be down under only “for a short time” and that she would not be “in the career” for long hinting she had been asked to resign.
Ambassador Sherpa was summoned by the Nepalese government in the second week of December following serious human trafficking allegations.
Mrs Sherpa denies the allegations made by her former cook cum driver Wongchhu Sherpa; she claims she has been framed.
According to another Canberra resident and a community radio journalist, Pradeep Timalsina, Ambassador Sherpa took a China Southern Airlines flight to Nepal via Sydney today afternoon. She was accompanied by her husband and two sons who were school students in Canberra, he said.
Ambassador Lucky Sherpa, an outspoken and outgoing personality compared to people who held her office in the past, had presented her credentials to Governor General Peter Cosgrove on 27 June 2017. Within a short time of her stay in Australia, she had become immensely popular with members of the Nepalese community scattered across Australia.
It is understood she was working on a number of activities and projects to promote bilateral relations between Nepal and Australia before controversy brought her diplomatic stint to an abrupt halt.