Nepal ministers arrested on corruption charges

Nepal ministers arrested on corruption charges

[JURIST] The Nepalese Royal Commission for Corruption Control arrested two government officials Thursday and issued an arrest warrant for a third on corruption and tax evasion charges adding up to nearly $400,000 (USD). Director-General of Inland Revenue Department [official website] Abanindra Kumar Shrestha and Ministry of Finance officer Sharada Prasad Dahal were arrested on corruption charges, while an arrest warrant was issued for Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Finance Deep Basnet on charges of corruption and tax evasion. The RCCC was created by royal mandate [JURIST report] and has the power to independently investigate, arrest, and prosecute government officials alleged to have engaged in corruption while in government office. JURIST's Paper Chase has continuing coverage of Nepal [JURIST news archive]. Kantipur Online has local coverage.