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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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RJPN splits in its anniversary, disgruntled leaders form new party

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KATHMANDU — A dissatisfied leaders of Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJPN) including Vice Chairman Ashok Kumar Yadav announced on Friday that they have quit the party to form a new party under his leadership.

Organising a press conference at the Reporters’ Club in the Capital on Friday, Yadav and 32 other members left the party and announced a new party named Rastriya Janta Party (Loktantrik). According to which Ashok Kumar Yadav is appointed as a coordinator, Ritesh Kumar Singh, deputy coordinator and Jeevan Shah as general secretary.

Subash Chandari Biraji and Jeevan Sah have been appointed as General Secretaries in the 11-member ad hoc committee while Sadhana Yadav and Lakki Sharma as Secretaries, Madhu Maya Yadav as Treasurer and Dipendra Yadav as spokesperson.

Likewise, Dharma Raj Gupta, Bipana Acharya and Sambhu Pandit are the members of central ad hoc committee.

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Coordinator Yadav accused the party leadership of remaining indifferent in piling pressure on the government to amend the constitution.

Saying that Madhes is still lagging behind in terms of development, Yadav said the Rastriya Janata Party (Democratic) will focus its activities on development.

LAst year on the same day on April 20, 2017,six Madhes-based parties — Mahantha Thakur-led Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party, Rajendra Mahato-led Sadbhawana Party, Mahendra Yadav-led Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party, Sharat Singh Bhandari-led Rastriya Madhes Samajbadi Party and Rajkishor Yadav-led Madhesi Janadhikar Forum- Ganatantrik and Anil Jha-led Nepal Sadbhawana Party– had announced their unification to form Rastirya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN).

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