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Panel seeks recall of Ambassador to India

world Updated: Jan 09, 2011 15:32 IST
Utpal Parashar

A Nepal parliamentary panel on Sunday asked the government to call back the country’s ambassador to India for his involvement in an Indian company facing probe.

The international relations and human rights committee of parliament said Rukma Shamsher Rana should be called back as it was inappropriate for him to remain in the post.

Rana, is also the managing director of Dabur Nepal, the Nepal wing of Indian multinational Dabur, which is under investigation for alleged tampering of manufacturing dates of its Real brand of juices.

“Since the company is under scanner of the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority, it is inappropriate for him to remain as ambassador,” Republica quoted committee chairman Padam Lal Biswokarma.

The CIAA had raided Dabur Nepal’s factory in December and found 74,000 cartons of Real juice with manufacturing date of January 2011.

Company officials admit that there had been a mistake in printing manufacturing date due to a miscommunication between officials.

Senior officials of Dabur Nepal who were quizzed at length by CIAA were released earlier this week on furnishing a bank guarantee of NRs 50 million (Rs 3.12 crore).

Tough tests of the juice containers had revealed that there were no impurities in them investigation into the matter is still on.

The latest issue is among a series of problems affecting Dabur Nepal, one of the biggest Indian ventures in Nepal and the country’s top most exporter.

Last year, the company had to face flak from a section of Nepali media over alleged impurities in its juice packets.