KATHMANDU, Jan. 8 -- Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has denied his involvement in irregularities in procurement of two wide-body jets by Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC).

Organizing a press meet at the ministry on Monday, he argued that all the process in regard to the procurement of wide-body jets was finalized much before he assumed office at the tourism ministry.

"I was dragged into this controversy with an ill intention. Allegations against me are unfair, biased and with prejudices," he said, adding that he had absolutely no role in the procurement process.

The minister's response comes five days after a sub-committee under the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) recommended action agai...