SC seeks Sharma’s corruption case file

The Supreme Court on Sunday has asked for corruption case file registered at the Special Court against suspended Director General of Inland Revenue Department, Chudamani Sharma.

A full bench of Justice Deepak Raj Joshi, Deep Kumar Karki, Kedar Prasad Chalise, Sarada Prasad Ghimire and Anil Kumar Sinha issued the order to this efect while conducting a hearing  on a  habeas corpus  filed by Sharma’s wife Kalpana on July 11, 2017, said  deputy Spokesperson of the SC Bishwa Raj Paudel.

According to SC Spokesperson Mahendra Nath Upadhyay, a division bench of SC judges Cholendra Sumsher Rana and Prakash Man Singh Raut decided to refer the case to a full bench terming that serious legal questions have been raised on the case.

On July 11, Sharma’s wife Kalpana Upreti Sharma had filed a petition demanding release of Sharma terming CIAA’s act of arresting and keeping him in custody illegal, treatment meted out at him as inhuman and the bail amount sought from him by the CIAA for his release excessively high. CIAA had sought bail of Rs3 billion for his release before the case was filed on Sunday.

The SC has been hearing the case since July 12 as a result the Special Court has been prevented from starting judicial trial regarding the corruption case filed by CIAA against TSC members including Sharma.

If convicted, Sharma, Mahat and Dhakal could face imprisonment for eight to 10 years and would also have to pay double the amount they embezzled.

It has been learnt that the Commission could file additional cases of corruption against the three accused if it found
more incriminating evidences in the course of investigation. The CIAA has opened only 60 cases and has scores of other files to investigate.

On Sunday, the anti-graft body had filed the case against TSC chairperson Lumba Dhwoj Mahat, Sharma, Umesh Prasad Dhakal and Sharma, who is also suspended director general of Inland Revenue Department charging them of embezzling Rs10.02 billion.

Sharma repeatedly faced criticism for not fixing and collecting applicable capital gains tax involved in the deal of Ncell between Axiata and TeliaSonera.

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