The Supreme Court ordered the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) today to present Inland Revenue Department's Director General Chudamani Sharma, who is presently in CIAA custody on corruption charge, before the court along with a reply in writing.
A single bench headed by Justice Purushottam Bhandari issued the order to present Sharma before the court at 10:30 am Friday through the Office of Attorney General along with a written reply why he had to be arrested and put into detention. Attachment of the copies of documents supporting the charge against him was imperative, the order stated.
Likewise, the CIAA has been directed to conduct medical check-up of Sharma and ensure him required medical treatment.
It may be noted that Sharma's spouse Kalpana Upreti moved the apex court yesterday to file a writ petition, demanding the immediate release of her husband. She claimed that Sharma's confinement is illegal.
The CIAA had arrested IRD DG Sharma on June 2 on the charge of indulging in irregularities in revenue fixation and had filed a case against him at the Special Court.
He has been charged of granting tax (capital gains tax) exemption to the Ncell, the private Telco, during the transfer of company's ownership and playing a major role in waiving the tax of around Rs 21 billion as the member secretary in the Tax Settlement Commission.