Parliamentary committee formed to probe against Janardan Sharma submits report

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Kathmandu: A parliamentary probe committee formed to investigate allegations of budget manipulation by former Finance Minister Janardan Sharma by involving outsiders has submitted its report.

Committee Chairman Laxman Lal Karna handed over the report to Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota on Friday. The report was presented at today’s meeting of the House of Representatives. The committee submitted the report 17 days after its formation.

Meanwhile, UML lawmakers have expressed their objection to the report.

According to the UML lawmakers, the officials of the Finance Ministry did not act responsibly and the lawmakers of the ruling party played a role in giving a clean chit to the then Finance Minister Sharma. They had demanded the committee should investigate the call details of ex-Minister Sharma and authorized person Raghunath Ghimire and lie detector tests should be performed.

Making a statement before a parliamentary committee formed to investigate allegations of budget manipulation by him, Sharma claimed that he was in the ministry till midnight on May 28, the day before the budget was tabled in Parliament, and only the two secretaries of the ministry, the head of the budget division, and other budget-related staff were present.

Sharma had tendered his resignation on July 16 after a parliamentary committee was formed to investigate accusations against him of manipulating the budget involving outsiders to alter tax rates in the budget speech just before it was presented before the Parliament. Minister Sharma, however, has been denying any wrongdoings.