India High Commission embroiled in shielding tax cheater in Malawi

Indian High Commission in Lilongwe is being accused of giving diplomatic shield to  Chandrashekar More who  was arrested after  Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA)  ordered his arrest for not filing a tax return and went back home while on bail.

Indian High Commissioner Kumar Menon: More treated as special one

The Indian mission 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.

He is back to sort his issues but with  Indian High Commission pushing through to ensure he gets cleared and setting meetings with authorities for his immunity.

While MRA is tough on Malawians on tax cheats including the search and seizure at Univerity of Malawi political scientist Boniface Dulani, the Indian is getting the  diplomatic treatment despite being an offender.

“ More is in Malawi  to meet the Government of Malawi authorities to resolve the case  that is pending against him with MRA,” said Anil Kumar, the Head of Chancery High Commission of India, Malawi.

Despite Indian High Commission saying More is traveling on an ordinary Indian Passport and does not enjoy any diplomatic immunity, the  High Commission has thrown its weight behind him and influencing events that he gets “red carpet” treatment.

Nyasa Times understands that the Indian High Commission has had meetings with MRA director Felix Tambulasi and Mesy Chalunda the head  of internal matters in the tax body to discuss with the authorites towards closure of the court case that has been lodged against him.

The Indian High Commission opts for withdraw of the case.

The Commission also asked MRA to fix a meeting with More cannot use any Malawian lawyer  for fear that they  are either not competent or compromised, and his India-based lawyer, Neelkanth Aher.

“The High Commission of India’s role in this entire case is to ensure that as an  Indian Investor in Malawi, Mr More’s   interests are fully protected as the High Commission is making  efforts to promote investment by Indian private sector in Malawi,”  the Indian High Commission told Nyasa Times in an email.

Critics argue if the country needs investors who should be tax cheaters.

The investor is bossing around Malawi authorities to get his way around the issues .

The kind of treatment he is receiving could not be accorded to a Malawian businessperson who could be in the wrong side of the tax laws.

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benjones
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Malawi land of self destruction.

Ngalamayi
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It reminds me of the way APM is shielding Chaponda despite all the evidence that the ex-minister’s dealings benefited him personally and deprived Malawians. Every nationality has its corrupt. At least this businessman isn’t pretending he is there to serve the people.

kukhala
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Corrupted Most Indians world over.

winston msowoya
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it is not strange for an Indian who he might be,to interfere with the legal standing of Malawi or any other nation he is based in,there is a saying: A GOOD INDIAN IS THAT WHO IS SIX FEET DEEP.This explains by itself,the Indian High-Commission has no rights to shield a criminal who wanted to illegally exploit Malawi hard-working people.Indians have deeply penetrated into Malawi’s top-notch leaders including Head of State,Police Commissioners,Bank Officials,Customs and Immigration Officials and the rest.Right now there are thousands of Indians living in Malawi illegally and doing nasty businesses freely.For your information,Indians are the most corrupt satans… Read more »
field Marshall
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It’s what the late Idi Amin Dada did not like mwenyes always on pretence of
investors while robbing with another hand.

mtete
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Tanyanya upusa a Malawi

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