15 July 2020 I Press advisor to KP Sharma Oli has rubbished claim that the Nepalese prime minister holds Swiss bank account with a long-term deposit of US $5.5 million.
A website had earlier claimed existence of the account only to be amplified by a number of Nepali-language news websites.
According to “Global Watch Analysis“, Mr Oli’s Swiss bank account yields “a healthy return of half a million dollars annually”.
In his “press note” posted on social media, Surya Thapa appeared to indicate that “many elements” were intent on harming the prime minister because of his “bold step” of publishing Nepal’s new political and administrative map against “border encroachment” and his role in the constitutional amendment.
Mr Thapa, who was a practicing journalist himself until recently, called the carry-over by Nepalese news websites “irresponsible and ill-intentioned”.
He vehemently denied that the Nepalese prime minister had a Swiss bank account or the US $5.5 million deposit and urged Nepalese people not to rely on such misleading information.
Many social media users in Nepal have however already shared the link to the English-language material on the Global Watch Analysis website.
“Prime Minister’s personal wealth is reported to have increased manifold over the last few years,” the website claimed before it went on to claim that Mr Oli had an account with the Geneva branch of Mirabaud Bank.
The website also claimed that the Nepalese prime minister held the account jointly with his wife. The website also admitted the concerned bank, however, declined that “the persons you mention have no account in our establishment”.
The Global Watch Analysis did not disclose its source behind the cliam of US $5.5 million.