Kathmandu, July 21
The House of Representatives has extended the term of its special committee formed to investigate the charges labelled against former finance minister Janardan Sharma.
The House of Representatives formed the committee on July 6 that began working on July 12. As it was given 10 working days, its term was expiring tomorrow.
Hence, Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota proposed the extension during the House meeting today, which the House unanimously endorsed.
The committee had quizzed Sharma over the charges just this morning when he pleaded innocent.
Janardan Sharma resigned from his position on the day the committee was formed. He was under fire after Annapurna Post reported that he changed tax rates in the budget plan for the next fiscal year under some industrialists’ pressure.
As the news reported that the industrialists’ representatives entered the ministry office on the eve of the budget announcement to tamper with the document, there was a call to investigate the CCTV footage. But, the ministry has already said the footage was automatically deleted.