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CIAA registers corruption case at special court against TSC officials, including IRD chief Sharma

The anti-graft body has claimed that the trio caused a loss of more than Rs 10 billion to the nation and asked for the fine and jail term of 10 years for them.

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KATHMANDU —  The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has filed a Rs 10.96 billion corruption case at the Special Court against the suspended director general of the Inland Revenue Department(IRD) Chudamani Sharma, Tax Settlement Commission (TSC) Chairman LD Mahat and member Umesh Dhakal on Sunday.

The anti-graft body has claimed that the trio caused a loss of more than Rs 10 billion to the nation and asked for the fine and jail term of 10 years for them.

The CIAA had arrested Sharma on June 2 and was in the custody of the commission while Mahat and Dhakal are absconding since the anti-graft body asked them to be present before the CIAA.

The anti-graft body had decided to file the case at the Special Court on July 13, a day after the Supreme Court issued a show cause notice to the CIAA in relation to the arrest of Sharma.

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The CIAA has studied 46 files related to tax exemption then  calculated embezzled amount while the misappropriated amount could be higher, according to a CIAA source, who said as many as 1,063 files are under investigation.

The anti-graft body has been studying more than 1,000 files related to tax exemption.

The TSC was formed in February 2015 by then Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat. Since then it had run into controversy after a report of the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) in April called into question the Rs 21 billion tax exemption granted to various enterprises.

The CIAA investigation shows the TSC had given tax waiver even to the enterprises that were seeking to pay tax dues.

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Newly appointed guvs take oath of office and secrecy

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KATHMANDU — President Bidya Devi Bhandari has administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly appointed governors of all seven provinces on Friday amid a special function at the official residence of the President, Shital Niwas.

All seven governors appointed as the ceremonial state heads by the incumbent government on Wednesday were sworn-in at 4:00 pm Friday in Sheetal Niwas, according to Keshav Ghimire, joint secretary at the Office of the President.

Thegovernment had appointed Prof Govinda Subba as governor of Province 1, Ratneshwar Lal Kayastha as governor of Province 2, Anuradha Koirala for 3, Baburam Kunwar for 4, Umakanta Jha for 5, Durga Khanal for 6 and Mohan Raj Malla for Province 7.

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Immediately after their sworn in by the president, the election body on Friday itself handed over the name lists of those elected to the provincial assemblies under the proportional representation (PR) category in the polls held November 26 and December 7.

As per the legal provisions, the election body needs to submit the name lists of members elected to the provincial assemblies to the governors within five days after announcing the poll results.

Before that, the EC had distributed the certificates to the winning candidates, paving the way for the formation of provincial assemblies and for conducting the upper house elections slated for February 7.

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