CIAA files Rs 1.33 billion graft case against three persons including Chudamani Sharma

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Kathmandu: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has filed Rs 1.33 billion graft case against three persons in ‘irregularities’ involving the Tax Settlement Commission.

The anti-graft body registered the case against three persons including the then member Chudamani Sharma (the then Director-General, Inland Revenue Department) at a Special Court on Wednesday. The then Chairman of the Commission Lumbadhwaj Mahat and the then member Umesh Prasad Dhakal have also been named as defendants in the case.

The charge sheet mentions that they were involved in ‘irregularities’ by exempting tax going beyond the jurisdiction given by the information order published in the Nepal Gazette and the Tax Exemption Commission Act, 2033 BS.

According to CIAA, they had exempted Rs 1.332 billion in tax on the basis of mutual negotiations. The anti-graft body has demanded imprisonment of eight to 10 years against them as per the Prevention of Corruption Act, 2059 BS.