SC to give verdict on Sharma's case today

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The Supreme Court (SC) will give its verdict on the habeas corpus petition filed by spouse of the arrested Director General of the Inland Revenue Department Chuda Mani Sharma later today.

An extended full bench of justices including Deepak Raj Joshi, Dipak Kumar Karki, Kedar Prasad Chalise, Sharada Prasad Ghimire and Anil Kumar Sinha had finished the final pleadings on the habeas corpus petition on Wednesday. The bench had said it will give the verdict on Friday stating that there was not enough time to read the notes submitted by the advocates while pleading their case on Wednesday.

The Apex Court earlier on August 1 had instructed the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), that had kept Sharma in its own custody since his arrest on June 2, to keep him in judicial custody.

CIAA has already lodged a corruption case against Sharma and chairman of the Tax Settlement Commission Lumb Dhwaj Mahat and its member Umesh Dhakal at the Special Court.   

The joint bench of Cholendra Shumsher and Prakash Man Singh Raut, hearing the habeas corpus petition filed questioning legality of the corruption case lodged by CIAA for work done by Sharma as member secretary of the commission, had said an extended full bench will look into the legality of corruption case stating there is a serious question as to whether the commission is a judicial, quasi-judicial or administrative body.

Sharma was arrested on June 2 on charge of amassing disproportionate assets. CIAA arrested Sharma to investigate controversial issues like tax waiver of Rs 20 billion through the Tax Settlement Commission and lobbying for waiver of capital gain tax in sale of Ncell among others.

Sharma has been claiming that he worked remaining within the provisions of prevailing acts and laws. He has called the charges against him an insult of the parliament that formulated procedures for the commission and the government.

The CIAA had later asked Sharma to furnish guarantee of Rs 3.02 billion.