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Gyanendra to leave for India on Sunday

Nepal’s dethroned King Gyanendra Shah will embark on private trip to India on Sunday, his aide said on Thursday.

world Updated: Dec 03, 2009 14:39 IST

Nepal’s dethroned King Gyanendra Shah will embark on private trip to India on Sunday, his aide said on Thursday.

Shah is visiting India to attend a wedding function of his cousin in Orissa scheduled to take place in the third week of December, Sagar Timilsina, the private secretary of the former monarch, said.

He is expected to meet top leaders of the ruling and opposition parties of India during his brief stay in Delhi, according to sources close to the ex-monarch.

This will be the second visit to India by the former King after he was dethroned on May 28, 2008.He will also visit Rajasthan where he will meet his relatives, sources said.

However, Timilsina has dismissed media reports that Gyanendra will visit Europe after returning from India.The former King had acquired a diplomatic passport from the Foreign Ministry two weeks ago.

A row has erupted in Nepal amid reports that the dethroned King Gyanendra is planing to visit Europe after the former monarch acquired a passport for the first time last week.

The critics had questioned the decision of the Ministry to provide Gyanendra with the diplomatic passport.