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DSI asked to probe Chalerm’s car

Posted by Rattana_S On June - 17 - 2013

Former senator Ruangkrai Leekkijwattana on Monday filed a petition with the Department of Special Investigation asking it to probe whether the tax on Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung’s Rolls Royce has been paid in full.

Mr Ruangkrai said the Bangkok-registered car, with the licence plate number Por Or 444, had been brought to Government House by Mr Chalerm.

The former senator alleged that Mr Chalerm said he had bought the car for 26 million baht. But Mr Ruangkrai argued that the car would have cost up to 37 million baht if the tax on it had been paid in full.

Moreover, Mr Chalerm had not included the car in his declaration of assets and liabilities submitted to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), Mr Ruangkrai said.

DSI chief Tarit Pengdith said he would check the documents of the car as requested. The results will be known by tomorrow, June 18, he added.

Mr Chalerm said he would be glad to let the DSI probe whether the proper tax payments had been made on the car.

He said the car did not actually belong to him, but to a partner in a company run by his son, Pol-Capt Duang Yubamrung, a Metropolitan Police training centre officer.

His son, who had left the car in his care, confirmed it was an imported vehicle for which customs duty had been legally paid, Mr Chalerm said.

Mr Chalerm said he was considering consulting his lawyer on whether he should file a defamation lawsuit against Mr Ruangkrai.

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