Three including joint secretary Chudamani Sharma convicted of graftCIAA had filed a corruption case in 2017 against three officials of the Tax Settlement Commission at the Special Court on the charge of embezzling Rs10.02 billion each.
The Special Court on Thursday convicted three people including the then joint secretary Chudamani Sharma of graft.
A bench of Special Court Chairman Shreekanta Paudel and members Yamuna Bhattarai and Shaligram Koirala also convicted the then Chairman of the Tax Settlement Commission Lumba Dhowj Mahat and member Umesh Prasad Dhakal. Sharma was a member-secretary of the commission.
“They were convicted of revenue leakage. The court acquitted them in the case of amassing illegal wealth. A hearing has been scheduled for June 8 to determine the punishment,” said Deependra Nath Yogi, spokesperson of the Special Court.
The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority filed a corruption case in July 2017 against them at the Special Court on the charge of embezzling Rs10.02 billion each.
Citing sections 3 (1) and 3 (1i), the CIAA had sought to recover the embezzled amount, besides slapping eight to 10 years jail terms. According to section 7 of the Corruption Prevention Act-2002, fines double the embezzled amount have been sought, in a practice applicable to government staffers.