Parliamentary probe panel to summon former Finance Minister Sharma for interrogation

Published On: July 20, 2022 10:15 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, July 20: The Parliamentary Investigation Special Committee formed to investigate former Finance Minister Janardhan Sharma’s involvement of ‘unauthorized persons’ in the budget preparation is going to summon Sharma for interrogation on Wednesday. The parliamentary panel said that it has decided to summon Sharma to the committee meeting on Wednesday or Thursday.

The probe committee said that it is conducting an investigation within the jurisdiction given to the committee by parliament. The committee has also said that it has not reached any conclusion as to how to make a decision as it is still conducting necessary investigation.

Former Finance Minister Sharma has also expressed his readiness to hold discussion with the editors of Annapurna Post and Kantipur Daily, which brought out the news about ‘unauthorized persons’ being allowed to enter the ministry a day before the budget speech.

An 11-member parliamentary special investigation committee was formed after the then Finance Minister Sharma was accused of manipulating tax rates by calling unauthorized persons at the finance ministry in the middle of the night while preparing the 2022/23 budget. Sharma resigned as Finance Minister when the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee was formed amid strong protest of the main opposition party, CPN-UML.

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