Thursday, August 25, 2005

RCCC releases two govt officials on bail

Kathmandu Aug 25-The Royal Commission for Corruption Control (RCCC) on Wednesday released two senior government officials on Rs 5 million bail each on a corruption charge while two others accused in the same case were taken into custody after they failed to deposit the bail amount.
Joint secretary of the Finance Ministry, Deep Basnyat, and Abanidra Kumar Shrestha, director general of Inland Revenue Department, who, along with revenue officer Sharada Prasad Dahal and Jaya Prakash Shrestha, proprietor of Basundhara Plywood Industries, have been accused of evading tax worth Rs 30.4 million, were freed later this afternoon after they deposited the demanded amounts.
Dhahal and Jaya Prakash were arrested after they failed to furnish their bail.
RCCC spokesman Prem Karki told reporters that a bench of commission members Raghuchandra Bahadur Singh, Haribabu Chaudhari and Prem Bahadur Khati passed the decision. “Proceeding on their case will start tomorrow or the day after tomorrow,” informed he.

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