CIAA files case against x-IRD chief Sharma, two others for revenue leakage worth over Rs 1 billion

Published On: June 23, 2021 06:15 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, June 23: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on Wednesday filed a case against three persons including Chudamani Sharma, former director general of the Inland Revenue Department (IRD), at the Special Court on the charge of revenue leakage worth over Rs 1 billion.

The other two accused are Tax Settlement Commission Chairman Lumba Dhoj Mahat and Commission's member Umesh Prasad Dhakal. The trio has been accused of the abuse of authority to achieve personal benefits by making the taxpayers submit less than the actual amount, making a huge amount of revenue leakage to the state.

The anti-graft body filed a chargesheet against the accused, seeking to penalize them under the Prevention of Corruption Act 2002. In 2017, a dozen complaints were filed at the CIAA against these high ranking government officials for ‘unlawful exemption of tax to 45 business firms’.

Sharma, the prime accused, went absconding after the CIAA issued an arrest warrant against him. Sharma, who has been accused of one of the largest corruption scandals in Nepal's history, was under investigation for possessing property amassed through illegal means for the last four years.      


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