KATHMANDU, August 1: The Supreme Court has ordered judicial custody of suspended Director General of Inland Revenue Department (IRD) Chudamani Sharma.
A full bench of Justices Deepakraj Joshi, Deepak Kumar Karki, Kedar Prasad Chalise, Sharada Prasad Ghimire and Anila Kumar Sinha issued the order.
DG Sharma was currently in the custody of Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on charge of misappropriating billions of rupees by settling taxes in a dubious manner. He will now remain in police custody until the further verdict is issued.
The anti-graft body has filed a corruption case against Sharma and two other government officials at the Special Court, seeking a fine of Rs 10.02 billion each from the trio of the Tax Settlement Commission (TSC), namely its chairman Lumbadhwaj Mahat, member Umesh Dhakal and member secretary and director general of IRD Sharma.
Following the case at Special Court, the CIAA had arrested Sharma on June 3 on the charge of misappropriating revenue and settling taxes arbitrarily. Sharma’s wife had filed a habeas corpus petition at the apex court on July 11, demanding the release of her husband’s claiming it an “illegal” detention.