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Kamlepo Kalua adamant on Indian High Commission

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Rumphi East Parliamentarian, Kamlepo Kalua, has warned that he will produce evidence to show that the Indian High Commission asked Malawi government to provide VIP security to an Indian businessman, Chandrashekhar More.

But the Indian High Commission insists that there is nothing extraordinary about its national, as it only assisted him like any other Indian national looking for assistance from the office.

More was arrested in September 2015 over tax evasion issues after he set up an edible oil extraction plant in Malawi. But when he returned with his lawyer, Neelkanth Dnyaneshwar, in March this year, the Indian mission asked for security for them.

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“I’m surprised to learn that the Indian High Commission says it didn’t ask for any VIP protection for this businessman. I have all the evidence with me and if they continue to deny this, I will present all the documents to the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament to summon him.

“The High Commission’s action is a total betrayal of the people of Malawi. Malawians can’t be offered the same treatment in India,” he said.

Kalua insists that the matter will be resolved and the truth be known if the Indian High Commissioner appears before the relevant Parliamentary committees with all correspondences presented.

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“Otherwise, speculations will not help us. We respect the bilateral relations that exist between Malawi and India but things shouldn’t reach such extremes. There should be an ill motive in this ‘protection’ but we are yet to establish what it really is,” he said.

Press Officer for Indian High Commissioner, Anil Kumar, said the High Commission assisted More just like any Indian national but not to the extent of providing VIP protection.

“I feel like the media is getting the issue in bits and pieces. There has been some misinformation and I don’t understand why this issue is being dragged like this. But you need to get things clearly. Only diplomats are allowed diplomatic protection and More is in no way qualified,” he said.

Kumar insisted that, as the High Commission, they offer help to any Indian in need of its assistance just like Malawians get assistance from Malawi high commissions in other countries.

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.

Efforts to talk to Solicitor General on how More attempted to use his lawyer from India in the case, proved futile.

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