An Indian businessman 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 appeared at the High Court in Lilongwe on 22 March saying he is back sort out the issues he is confronted with in Malawi .
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 went to India after being granted bail on tax crimes of about K8 million.
Indian High Commission in Lilongwe confirmed to Nyasa Times that the investor arrived in Malawi on 21 March, 2017 to sort out the tax case against him with Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) and report to the Court, which had permitted him to travel to India after obtaining a bail.
“The Indian High Commission in Malawi facilitated Mr More, in obtaining a visa by requesting the Malawi High Commission in New Delhi, to extend him an appropriate visa, to sort out the issues he is confronted with in Malawi
“ 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.
He told Nyasa Times that More is traveling on an ordinary Indian Passport and he does not enjoy any diplomatic immunity.
The High Commission of India in Malawi said it has conveyed to the investor that he has to respect the law of the land.
“ He will honour and submit to the jurisdiction and directions of the Court of Malawi. Mr More has been requested to cooperate with all the Government authorities in settling the case he has and that he should honour all his legal obligations and liability
“ His grievances should be addressed through legal channels and that he should honor the decision conveyed or judgements delivered against him,” the Indian High Commission said.
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.
The High Commission of India said it is not a party to the dispute that More has with the MRA or other Malawian Government authorities or partners in his business venture
More who accuses Malawi government of “grabbing the properties of foreign investors who are investing in Malawi” has since sought services of two armed security guards from Malawi Police for securing the protection of him and his Indian lawyer.
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.
Despite Indian High Commission claiming More is not enjoying diplomatic community, 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.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :