Mahat, Dhakal fail to post bail, sent to jail

Kathmandu, November 21

The Special Court today sent former chair of Tax Settlement Commission Lumbdhwaj Mahat and its former member Umesh Dhakal to Dillibazar prison for failing to post Rs 10 million bail.

Spokesperson for the Special Court Nagendra Keshari Pokharel said the Special Court said the court sent the duo to Dillibazar prison as they had failed to post Rs 10 million bail each.

Mahat, Dhakal and former director general of Inland Revenue Department Chudamani Sharma, who had also served as a member of the TSC, face a corruption case. The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority had field a corruption case against Mahat, Dhakal and Sharma.

The CIAA has accused the three individuals of embezzling Rs 10 billion revenue   by exempting 45 businesses of taxes for mutual benefit when they were the office bearers of Tax Settlement Commission.

The bail hearing took place in a joint bench of judges Baburam Regmi, Dwarika Man Joshi and Ratna Bhadur Bagchand. Mahat and Dhakal, who had been absconding, had surrendered before the Special Court on November 15.

The Special Court then recorded the duo’s statement and conducted bail hearing. Sharma is yet to appear before the court. Sharma, who had been arrested by the CIAA in June, was released from the anti-graft body’s custody after the Supreme Court issued a writ of habeas corpus as demanded by his wife Kalpana.