CIAA readies new graft case against Sharma

Published On: January 29, 2018 06:00 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Jan 29: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) is preparing to file another corruption case against Chudamani Sharma, the suspended director general of the Inland Revenue Department. 

CIAA Spokesperson Padam Prasad Pandey said that the charge sheet prepared by the anti-graft body will be registered at the Special Court on Monday. "The charge sheet is ready and we will register it tomorrow," said Spokesperson Pandey. 

Sharma, who is facing a corruption case on charge of embezzling Rs 10 billion while settling taxes of some controversial business enterprises, will now face another corruption charge of accumulating properties without legal means.  This time, the anti-graft body has accused him of accumulating Rs 40 million without legal sources. 

Corruption-accused Sharma went out of contact at a time when his interrogation was underway. Police have issued an arrest warrant against Sharma. 

In mid-July last year, CIAA had filed a corruption case against Sharma and two other officials of the Tax Settlement Commission including the commission's chief Lumbadhwaj Mahat and member Umesh Prasad Dhakal accusing them of embezzling Rs 10.02 billion while settling taxes of 45 companies. 

Out of the total 1,069 files related to the case, the anti-graft body decided to keep corruption-accused Sharma in custody after investigating 45 files. But Sharma moved the Supreme Court, which later ordered the police administration to release him on bail.  His case related to misuse of tax is under consideration at the Special Court. 

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