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The government of India requested VIP security from the Malawi Government for deported businessperson Chandrashekhar More and his lawyer Neelkanth Dnyaneshwar, on their visit to Malawi in March this year, The Daily Times has learnt.

The Indian High Commission to Malawi, on March 12, 2017 wrote the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) asking for complete documentary details of the tax-related case against More.

“As discussed in the meeting with MRA officials on March 1, 2017 and in order to resolve his case, the High Commission would request MRA to fix a meeting along with More and his lawyer after March 21, 2017 and convenient venue, date and time for the meeting may kindly be conveyed to the High Commission.

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“Since More has conveyed concern with regard to his safety in Malawi, they have sought services of two armed security guards from Malawi Police to guard them during their stay in Malawi. We have also kept the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Government of Malawi informed of the case,” reads the letter.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wrote the MRA Commissioner General with copies to secretaries for Home Affairs as well as Foreign Affairs that More and Dnyaneshwar would arrive in Malawi on March 21, 2017 to resolve his outstanding MRA issue.

“The Ministry wishes to bring to your attention, this matter for necessary action. It should be noted further that the two visitors have requested the assistance of the High Commission of India to arrange for two armed security guards from the Malawi Police Service for securing their protection while in Malawi. By copy of this letter, the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security is advised to take note of this development,” reads the letter.

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Commenting on the matter, Rumphi East legislator Kamlepo Kalua, who also raised the issue in Parliament last week, questioned the Malawi government and the Indian High Commission on the way they have been handling issues involving More.

“We the people of Malawi are interested to know about this Indian so-called investor. How does an Indian High Commissioner call this person an investor when this person has not filled his account for the past years with MRA? How does Malawi need such investors when they don’t even respect our MRA?

“Why is the Indian High Commissioner so interested and involved in this matter because this man is being highly protected? These are some of the questions we would like to know from the Indian High Commission,” Kamlepo said.

More was deported last month just two days after he was arrested for jumping bail. He was initially arrested in 2015, in connection with tax evasion issues, and left for India after being granted permission to travel while on bail.

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