Foreign Ministry suspends blue plates and flags for all Nepal-based Honorary ConsulsThe ministry’s decision follows the arrest of Sulav Agrawal, owner of Shanker Group and honorary consul of the Kyrgyz Republic in Nepal, on blackmarketeering charges.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has suspended the privileges of using blue number plates and country flags on vehicles employed by all Honorary Consuls in Nepal.
The Foreign Ministry’s decision came after Sulav Agrawal, owner of Shanker Group and honorary consul of the Kyrgyz Republic in Nepal, was arrested on charges of blackmarketeering using his official vehicle.
Issuing a press statement on Wednesday, the ministry said that it has decided to withdraw “certain privileges” provided to Honorary Consuls based in Nepal.
“The privilege of using blue plate and the flag in official vehicle [sic] of the Honorary Consuls has been suspended with immediate effect until further notice,” reads the statement.
Agrawal, was arrested on Tuesday in Naxal for selling infrared thermometers, which cost around Rs 3,000-3,500 per unit, at Rs 16,000 each. Police confiscated 67 thermal guns, which are in high demand because of the Covid-19 pandemic, from Agrawal, who had used his blue-plated official vehicle to ferry the thermometers during the lockdown.