Tuesday, August 23, 2005

RCCC to start hearing from lawyers

Kathmandu, Aug 23- The bench of the Royal Commission for Control of Corruption is expected to start hearing from the lawyers on whether to remand in judicial custody those implicated in the tax evasion case from todayThe Commission started seeking explanation from the accused in the case after taking them into custody last Thursday. Those accused including three government officials—joint secretary at the Ministry of Finance Deep Basnet, director general of the Revenue Investigation Department Abanindra Kumar Shrestha, tax officer Sharada Prasad Dahal and proprietor of the Plywood Store Basundhara, Jaya Prakash Shrestha have been charge-sheeted in connection to the evasion of value added tax (VAT) to the tune of Rs 34.1 million.The prosecutor has accused them of misappropriating the said amount by undervaluing VAT worth Rs 34.1 million to Rs 800 thousand.Those implicated are in judicial custody, as the RCCC could not finish interrogating Deep Basnet.

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