Thapa to keep his hands off Anfa affairs for 2 monthsAll Nepal Football Association (Anfa) President Ganesh Thapa has announced that he would stay away from the responsibilities as Anfa president for the next two months.
President Thapa made the announcement amidst a press conference at Anfa Complex in Satdobato on Monday.
Thapa’s announcement comes in line with the directives of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC ). The PAC had directed the government to suspend four Anfa officials including Thapa on October 13 on charge of alleged misappropriation of Rs. 580 million.
The PAC had directed Minister for Youth and Sports Purushottam Paudel to suspend the responsible office bearers from the post until the investigation period of two months.
Earlier on September 28, the committee had already corresponded with the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), Ministry for Youth and Sports and Department of Money Laundering Investigation regarding its decision to ‘put on hold’ the authority of Anfa office-bearers including Thapa, dragged in the alleged irregularities. However, the Ministry had not initiated any actions even after getting the letter.
Thapa, who has been continuously heading Anfa since 1995, has been accused of embezzling Rs.580 million obtained from various sources including Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Federation of International Football Association (FIFA), government budget and other sources of Anfa. Thapa is a nominated lawmaker from RPP-N and a vice-president of AFC.