Crime & Court

Man Ordered To Pay Head Teacher More Than $31k For Defamatory Comments

Mr Singh was ordered to pay $30,000 to Mr Prasad for damages and $1500 to pay the cost of claims.
06 Mar 2021 10:19
Man Ordered To Pay Head Teacher More Than $31k For Defamatory Comments
Shelvin Sailesh Prasad (left) with his lawyer, Salvin Nand (right). Photo: Nicolette Chambers

A High Court judge has ordered a man to pay $31,500 to a primary school head teacher after posting defamatory comments, including his photo, on a social media platform in 2019.

The plaintiff, Shelvin Sailesh Prasad, who was represented by his lawyer, Salvin Nand appeared before Justice Alan Stuart at the High Court in Lautoka on Wednesday. The defendant, Ronald Singh had alleged that Mr Prasad was engaged in illegal and unlawful activities while serving his term as the head teacher at a well-known primary school in Lautoka.

Mr Prasad was teaching in the same school where Mr Singh’s son was a student.

Justice Stuart, in his decision, said the integrity of exams was a fundamental expectation of the school system and essential to maintain public confidence in education and educators.

“The allegations of the defendant are certainly therefore likely to harm the reputation of the plaintiff in ways that are likely to be long-lasting and difficult to counter,” he said.

Justice Stuart said the fact that Mr Singh was a parent of a pupil at the same school suggested the possibility of other motivation for his comments.

Mr Singh was ordered to pay $30,000 to Mr Prasad for damages and $1500 to pay the cost of claims.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Feedback: nicolette.chambers@fijisun.com.fj



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