Is ex-Finance Minister Sharma guilty?

Published On: July 26, 2022 11:04 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, July 26: The truth about the use of ‘unauthorized persons’ by then finance minister Janardan Sharma to manipulate tax rates in the budget for the fiscal year 2022/23 is yet to come out.

Mainly, the parliamentary Committee has not been able to prepare the investigation report because the committee hasn’t received the hard disk report of CCTV of 28 May, the day before bringing the budget. As the CCTV footage provided to the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee by the Ministry of Finance did not show the footage captured in the month of May, the Parliamentary Committee has speculated that the CCTV footage was deleted.

Secretary of the probe committee Surendra Aryal informed that the report sent by the committee to the forensic lab will be opened in the meeting of the committee on Tuesday. According to sources, the five-party alliance was active in hiding the CCTV footage of unauthorized persons entering the Ministry of Finance at midnight on May 28.

If the CCTV is recovered and found that an unauthorized person was allowed to enter the Ministry of Finance to manipulate tax rates, not only the Minister of Finance but also the Finance secretary and Revenue Secretary will also be prosecuted for financial crimes.

The deadline of the parliamentary probe committee formed to investigate and gather evidence against Finance Minister Sharma has been extended for one week. The committee had earlier set a deadline of Friday. On July 6, the House of Representatives formed a parliamentary committee amid demand of the main opposition party, CPN-UML. The committee was given 10 days from the date of work. The committee began its work from July 12. 


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