An Indian businessman Chandrashekar More who was arrested after Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) ordered his arrest for not filing a tax return and then jumped bail has sneaked back in the country.
He found his way back after being cleared by Ministry of Foreign Affairs as one of with the investors who had come for a Malawi-India Investment forum.
More launched Mansi international company in 2006 and only paid tax in 2010 and then sarted another company in a multibillion-kwacha agribusiness Tamanna Solvex Africa in 2013 .
The Indian and his family then fled to India after being granted bail on tax crimes about K8 million.
Malawi Police could not arrest him on return for jumping bail as he claims he is on diplomatic immunity by Indian High Commission in Malawi who wants him to fight his case in the High Court for alleged wrongful arrest.
Indian High Commission in Lilongwe did not respond to a questionnaire sent by Nyasa Times.
More alleges that the MRA ordered his arrest for not filing a tax return but failed to inform him of the details of the case, including his tax liabilities.
He says the police did not record a statement from him after his arrest, and that no formal charges were ever laid.
More, who says cannot use any Malawians for fear that they are either not competent or compromised, has come with his India-based lawyer, Neelkanth Aher, who wants to file for litigation in the High Court of Malawi against Attorney General, MRA and Malawi Police.
He accuses Malawi government of “grabbing the properties of foreign investors who are investing in Malawi”.
More claims he was “tortured mentally and physically” throughout the time he was under “illegal detention.”
He said: “I was not informed about my case nor did I have access to any papers or information in relation to my case.”
Aher says the charges against More were “so baseless and viciously motivated”
More has a bitter private wrangle with a former associate but wants to drag in the State into the matter.
However, Aher will have to apply to Malawi Law Society to be allowed to comment proceeding in the High Court of Malawi.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :