Crime & Punishment of Saturday, 10 May 2014
An Accra circuit court has denied two officials of Top industries and Excellence limited bail following their alleged evasion of tax.
The two Anil Lakhiani and Sundeep Dhawan Sonu have been remanded in police custody for five days to reappear on May 12, 2014.
The officials were implicated for exploiting the incentives provided under the Free Zones law to evade taxes close to 94,000 cedis.
According to counsel for the defendants Christopher Amanotey Kwesi, they are hopeful their clients will be granted bail at the next adjourned date.
According to the charge sheet signed by prosecuting officer DSP Abraham A. Annor the first accused Anil Lakhiani is an industrialist, his first charge is the smuggling of four hundred drums of Isoprophl alcohol valued at 380, 0000 cedis from the Freezones enclave last month(March).
Anil Lakhiani in the second charge he is also accused of smuggling sixty drums of Isoprophl alcohol valued at 57,000 cedis from the free zones enclave on April 2.
His conduct is said to be contrary to section 40 of the free zones Act, 1995, Act 504.
The second accused Sundeep Sonu Dhawan a businessman as his first charge is accused of purchasing four hundred drums of Isoprophl alcohol valued at 380,000 cedis from Anil Lakhiani knowing very well it was uncustomed goods last month (March).
Sundeep Sonu Dhawan in his second charge is again accused of purchasing 60 drums of Isoprophl alcohol valued at 57,000 cedis from Anil Lakhiani again knowing it was uncustomed goods on April 2, 2014.
The second accused’s conduct is also contrary to section 317(1) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960, Act 29.