Hearing on habeas corpus petition of Sharma to continue on Tuesday

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Hearing on the habeas corpus petition filed by spouse of the arrested Director General of the Inland Revenue Department Chuda Mani Sharma will continue on Tuesday.

Government advocates including Attorney General Raman Shrestha and two other government advocates, and Dron Raj Regmi pleaded on behalf of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on Monday in the hearing conducted by the joint bench of Cholendra Shumsher and Prakash Man Singh Raut. Advocates will continue to plead on behalf of the government on Tuesday.

The joint bench on Friday had decided to continue the hearing on Monday after pleading by advocates on behalf of the petitioner as pleading by government advocates would have taken time.

The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday had ordered CIAA to produce Sharma to the court by 10:30 Friday morning. The bench of Justice Purushottam Bhandari, hearing on the habeas corpus petition filed on Tuesday, had also directed the apex court to submit the reasons for Sharma's arrest in writing.

Sharma was arrested on June 2 on charge of amassing disproportionate assets. CIAA arrested Sharma to investigate controversial issues like tax waiver of Rs 20 billion through the Tax Settlement Commission and lobbying for waiver of capital gain tax in sale of Ncell among others.

Sharma has been claiming that he worked remaining within the provisions of prevailing acts and laws. He has called the charges against him an insult of the parliament that formulated procedures for the commission and the government.

The CIAA had later asked Sharma to furnish guarantee of Rs 3.02 billion.

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