Crime & Court

Case Discharged For Two University Students Who Faced Drug Charges

However, two others, Marc Winston Tjin Konnoen and Shaneil Suresh Autar are still to front court as they are equally charged with unlawful possession, manufacturing, cultivating and supply of illicit drugs, and a second charge with one count of unlawful importation of illicit drugs.
15 Feb 2020 15:23
Case Discharged For Two University Students Who Faced Drug Charges
From left: Sunita Kumar, Sabrina Iqbal Khan Sharma, Zafar Iqbal Khan, Iqbal Khan, Rosheel Kumar and Pravishek Kartik at the High Court in Lautoka on February 14, 2020. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

Two university students, who faced drug charges, had their case dropped by the High Court in Lautoka yesterday.

Pravishek Kartik and Rosheel Kumar were overjoyed inside the High Court after learning that their case was discharged.

However, two others, Marc Winston Tjin Konnoen and Shaneil Suresh Autar are still to front court as they are equally charged with unlawful possession, manufacturing, cultivating and supply of illicit drugs, and a second charge with one count of unlawful importation of illicit drugs.

It is alleged that they supplied 39.36kg of cocaine with a street value of $35 million.

The four men appeared before Justice Chamath Morais.

Kartik and Kumar were represented by defence lawyer, Iqbal Khan, Autar was represented by Mosese Naivalu, Konnoen was represented by Adrienne Ali and the State was represented by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The State granted immunity to Kartik and Kumar whereas the information for Autar and Konnoen was ready.

Justice Morais further discharged the case of Kartik and Kumar.

Rosheel’s mother Sunita Kumar said as a mother, it was a dreaded three months for her.

“This is the happiest moment of my life, they are innocent people, I was waiting for three months, I didn’t celebrate Christmas and New Year because I was worried about my son,” she said.

“As a mother, I only have my son with me and I can’t tell you how happy I am.”

Autar and Konnoen were further remanded and will be produced in court on February 19, 2020.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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