Supreme Court halts probe into tax evasion charges against Thapa’s law firm
The Supreme Court on Sunday ordered the Department of Revenue Investigation (DRI) to halt investigation into the alleged tax evasion charges against the law firm of former Nepal Bar Association (NBA) president Shambhu Thapa.
Conducting an initial hearing on the writ petition filed by Thapa which accused DRI of carrying out an “illegal raid” on his law firm, a single bench of Justice Prakash Wosti ordered the Department not to implement the letter handed to Legal Advisors Law Firm Thapa owned by advocate Thapa on the charges of tax evasion.
The stay order will remain in place until September 10.
Justice Wosti also directed the DRI to produce all the seized items from the law firm on September 10 when discussion will take place whether additional stay order is required.
DRI had last Friday raided 6 private firms, including the law firm of former NBA president Thapa on tax evasion charges.
According to Khumraj Pumjali, Director General of the Department, the firms have been suspected of evading income tax and other tax that they owed to the state.
The raid was launched at a time when allegations are being made against professionals, such as medical practitioners, engineers and lawyers that they are not paying tax to the government, despite their earnings in millions of rupees. Nepalnews.com