CCTV  Footage Before Budget Was 'Deleted': Ministry of Finance

Jul 3, Kathmandu: Ministry of Finance has stated that the CCTV footage of the day before the budget announcement has been deleted.

The ministry sent a letter to Consumer Interest Protection Forum Nepal's Jay Prasad Poudel requesting information on Sunday. Video footage on the basis of a CCTV camera connected to the Ministry after receiving the request for CCTV footage during the preparation of the budget last year from 11 pm to 6 am on August 30 to September 10, 2021 Ad from 11 PM to 6 AM video has been deleted.

Similarly,  leaders have demanded CCTV footage from 6 pm to 6 am on  May 28 this year but The ministry has informed that the video footage will be kept in the archives for a maximum of 13 days only on the basis of the CCTV camera connected to the ministry. It has been alleged that Finance Minister Janardan Sharma called an unrelated person to the ministry and asked him to change the tax rate overnight.

The CPN (UML) had strongly protested in the parliament against the Finance Minister giving place to unrelated persons in determining the tax rate. Similarly, Consumer Interest Protection Forum Nepal  Jay Prasad Poudel  had also filed a petition in the Ministry of Finance using CCTV footage. Consumer Interest Protection Forum general secretary Bishnu Timilsina said the ministry had refused to provide the information and would now take legal action.