Kathmandu, Aug. 19- The investigation team of the Royal Commission for Control of Corruption (RCCC) has charge-sheeted four persons, including director general of the Internal Revenue Department, Abanindra Kumar Shrestha at the RCCC bench on Thursday in connection to the alleged irregularities while collecting Value Added Tax (VAT).Three others who are also implicated in tax evasion are joint secretary at the Ministry of Finance Deep Basnet, tax officer Sharada Prasad Dahal and Jaya Prasad Shrestha, proprietor of Kathmandu Plywood at Basundhara.They were accused of misappropriating Rs. 34.1 million by under invoicing the goods imported by Jaya Prasad Shrestha. That had undervalued the tax amount to Rs. 800,000, which should have been Rs. 34.1 million, the Commission said.Three of them, except Basnet, are kept in judicial custody as the interrogation is on. Joint secretary Basnet failed to report at the Commission today. But, Basnet issuing a statement today said that he was in Om Hospital for treatment and said that he would present himself at the RCCC on Sunday.The investigating team has demanded Rs. 34.1 million from them and forfeit equal amount from them as fine. The RCCC had been investigating on them for the last two months.
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