The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has filed a corruption case against the then director general of the Department of Money Laundering Investigation (DMLI) Chuda Mani Sharma at the Special Court on Monday demanding claims of Rs 42.90 million.
The CIAA has said that Sharma could reveal legitimate source of income of just Rs 36,372,161 from the time he joined government service till December, 2016 even as investigations have showed that he spent Rs 79,327,085 during the period. “His property details seem incongruous and abnormal as source of wealth worth Rs 42,954,124 could not be found,” the CIAA has said in its charge sheet.
“We have found that living standard of Sharma and his family is unsuitably high, he has kept money in banks and financial institutions, procured and invested in shares of different companies and institutions, procured vehicles, houses and land in proportion higher than his financial status,” the CIAA has said.
The CIAA in the case filed as per the Prevention of Corruption Act 2002 has also named Sharma’s wife Kalpana Uprety Sharma as defendant accusing Sharma of keeping the wealth amassed illegally and through corruption in her name.
Sharma was arrested on June 2, 2017 on charge of amassing disproportionate assets. It had arrested him 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.
His wife Kalpana had filed a habeas corpus petition at the Supreme Court (SC) following his arrest and the Apex Court had ordered his release on date on August 12.