The justification of the use of these powers by HMRC was that it wanted to find out if Mba had spoken to the Guardian’s former investigations editor, David Leigh.
A report by MPs on the Commons public accounts committee praised Mba for exposing the “sweetheart” deal and called for further scrutiny of HM Revenue’s use of Ripa powers.
As per the Guardian:
“We consider that HMRC’s use of powers, reserved for tackling serious criminals, against Mr Osita Mba was indefensible ... HMRC should tell us when it makes use of the powers granted to it under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act against whistleblowers from within HMRC.”When HMRC turns on its own people, it seems to display a rather nasty streak!
Tax does have to be taxing.
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