Rs 10.02b corruption case lodged against Tax Settlement Commission trio

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The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on Sunday has registered a corruption case at the Special Court against the then chairman of the Tax Settlement Commission Lumb Dhwaj Mahat, its member Umesh Dhakal and member secretary Chuda Mani Sharma seeking damages worth Rs 10.02 billion each and a fine of equal amount in addition to a sentence of 8-10 years.

The constitutional anti-graft body had submitted the case at the court on Thursday but it has been registered only on Sunday after the court sent CIAA back citing lack of time to check the file. CIAA has accused the trio of corruption leading in leakage of revenue worth Rs 10.0219 billion while waiving tax.

"Fine and sentence for the trio have been demanded as per the clause 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 2002 for offense as per clause 7(A)," Spokesperson at the Special Court Jagannath Poudel told Setopati confirming registration of the case.

The clause deems act of revenue leakage to be corruption and has provision of damages, fine as per the damages, and prison sentence.

Director General of the Inland Revenue Department  Sharma was arrested by CIAA on June 2 on charge of amassing disproportionate assets while it issued a wanted notice on June 22 Mahat and as absconding.

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