Former Nepal king Gyanendra Shah has not paid his electricity bills for more than a decade amounting to $70,000 including fines, according to authorities.
The state-owned Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) said that the last king of Nepal has not paid electricity bills of Nagarjun Palace, his private property for more than a decade.
The bill comes to around 7 million Nepal rupees, equivalent to $70,000 including late fines.
Gyanendra, who vacated the Narayan Hiti Royal Palace in 2008, has been living in Nagarjuna Palace, a royal property situated 10 km north of Kathmandu.
He has not been paying the electricity dues for the Nagarjuna Palace which he has been occupying since he left the Narayan Hiti royal palace, for more than a decade.
According to assistant director of NEA Mukunda Man Chitrakar, the staff at Nagarjuna Palace has refused to accept any letter sent by NEA raising the issue of unpaid electricity dues.
Sagar Raj Timilsina, Gyanendra’s personal secretary told the NEA officials that the liability comes under the Prime Minister’s Office and not the Nagarjuna Palace.
Until 2008, the PMO used to pay all the bills incurred to the palaces belonging to the royals.