A Canberra man who allegedly received $900,000 worth of fraudulent ATO tax refunds has been denied a change to his bail conditions that would have allowed him to travel to India to perform two Hindu rituals for his daughter.
Mr Rishi Khandelwal, of Harrison, was granted bail on 13 August 2010 under strict conditions, including that he would not leave the ACT or approach within 100 metres of a point of international departure.
Acting Justice Nield, in his decision in the ACT Supreme Court on 2 June, said the risk was too great to allow Mr Khandelwal to leave the country;
…as the offences are serious offences, and as the Crown’s cases are strong, the likelihood of conviction for the offences is high, with sentences of imprisonment, measured in years not months, being imposed, with the result that there is incentive for the applicant, if allowed to travel to India, to fail to return to Australia from India…
It was noted in the applicant’s counsel’s submission that the prosecution had 38 A4 ring binder folders at 2 May 2011 in their brief of evidence against Mr Khandelwal.