The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Legislature-Parliament has sought financial audit reports of the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) of the last five years by Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
A meeting of PAC on Sunday directed the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) to furnish the audit reports of ANFA including the financial embezzlement accusation against ANFA president Ganesh Thapa.
“The PAC has asked MoYS to submit all the audit reports and plans of the ANFA of the last five years within three days,” says NC lawmaker and a PAC member, Usha Gurung, who was present at the meeting in Singha Durbar.
Thapa is accused of taking US$ 100,000 from the banned president of Asian Football Confederation and FIFA’s executive committee member, Mohammed Bin Hammam, on condition of voting him in the FIFA presidency election. International news agency The Associated Press had reported the issue in 2012.
Some ANFA officials including VP Karma Tsering Sherpa had also demanded investigation over the corruption at ANFA and the sum received by Thapa in his son’s account from Hammam.
However, Thapa denied all allegations saying that the sum he had taken from Hammam was for his personal business purpose. He also said that he was ready to quit the post if accusations against him were proved.
Similarly, the report published by “The Sunday Times” in June states “Ganesh Thapa, president of the ANFA, was paid a total of £115,000 from two separate Kemco accounts in March and August 2010.”
“We have not received any letter regarding the submission of audit reports asked by the PAC so far,” says spokesperson of ANFA Lalit Krishna Shrestha.
“However, we will submit the reports as asked by the committee once we receive the letter.”