Malawi Police on Wednesday arrested an Indian businessman Chandrashekar More who jumped bail when he was earlier arrested after Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) accused him of not filing a tax return and then jumped bail.
More was arrested at Lilongwe Magistrate Court at around 4: 15pm.
He had gone to court to hear his application to court to explain why he had earlier jumped bail.
More came back in the country in March to sort his issues but with Indian High Commission pushing through to ensure he gets cleared and setting meetings with authorities for his immunity.
However, he has not been reporting to police every Monday as one of the conditions for his bail.
MRA applied to court to have his bail revoked and court granted.
When More returned to attend court and appeared before Lilongwe Magistrate on Wednesday, his lawyer Justin Dzonzi who was standing in for India-based lawyer, Neelkanth Aher, accused the Magistrate for revoking More’s bail and issuing a warrant of arrest.
Dzonzi charged at the Magistrate and as tempers flared, the court was adjourned.
Order could not be restored in the proceeding of the matter forcing the Magistrate to suspend the hearing of the matter to another day.
After adjournment, Police moved in to execute a warrant of arrest on More triggered more chaos as he shouted in defiance.
“What the f**k are you doing?” More charged at the police officers.
“Don’t handcuff me … leave me alone you plebians,” the Indian businessman further charged at the police officers.
“F****n you will be ashamed I will be out tomorrow,” he challenged.
National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera confirmed the arrest of More.
He said jumping bail is an offence and that the court has ordered his arrest.
“Police have just executed the warrant of arrest as ordered by the court,” he said.
Tax enforcers said More is accused of jumping bail when he fled the country. He was accused of failure to submit tax returns which consequently led to evading tax when he jumped bail.
The Indian High Comission in Lilongwe has been meddling in the case of Moore who went with his family to India after being granted bail on tax crimes of about K8 million.
The Indian diplomats have had meetings with MRA director Felix Tambulasi and Mercy Chalunda the head of internal matters in the tax body to discuss with the authorities towards closure of the court case that has been lodged against him.
But MRA presented an assessed taxes for him to pay and gave him two weeks to respond.
He went to court with his lawyer to apply to clear his name why he jumped his bail. Court set Wednesday for interparte hearing.
Meanwhile, Indian High Commission was seeking for More’s release on another bail.
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