State minister claims never asked for bribe

KATHMANDU: Minister of State for Information and Communications, Surita Kumari Saha, has refuted the Wednesday’s media reports about microwave frequency license.

Organizing a press meet at the Ministry on Thursday, Minister of State, Saha accused some media houses of publishing the news about microwave frequency license without having in-depth study on the issues.

She accused the media that the news was made with the intention to her character assassination.

“A radio frequency policy determination committee has been formed under the Telecommunications Act- 2053 BS and the committee is studying on legal aspects of the microwave frequency”, she added.

Expressing her concerns over the news published in the Kantipur National Daily on April 25 that said -she demanded Rs. 50 millions from the Ncell, a private mobile phone company, for granting the frequency license , she said the news was just ‘fabricated’ and ‘biased’ and intended at assassinating her character and discouraging her to perform her duty.

The Minister of State further said some Ncell representatives had posed a threat her of picketing the Ministry with the support of media workers if she denied granting frequency license to the Company.

Meanwhile, issuing a separate press release on Thursday, Ministry’s Under Secretary Ganesh Prasad Gyawali has urged the media workers not to disseminate news on any issues falling under the jurisdictions of Frequency Determination Committee in a superficial way. RSS

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