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Trial: Auditor, aliz pacific Set

The case brought against the Auditor-General by aliz pacific Chartered Accountants and its director Nur Bano Ali will be in Court on March 4. This after documents were filed by
30 Jan 2015 11:08
Trial: Auditor, aliz pacific Set

The case brought against the Auditor-General by aliz pacific Chartered Accountants and its director Nur Bano Ali will be in Court on March 4.

This after documents were filed by lawyer Devanesh Sharma on behalf of Ms Ali and aliz pacific in the High Court in Suva.

Ms Ali and aliz pacific had taken exception to the A-G’s report for 2010 which stated that the awarding of a consultancy to Ms Ali and her firm on the Rewa Dairy Co-operative Company Limited re-structure was contrary to Government’s procurement procedures. The report stated that Government procurement regulations were not complied with.

The plaintiffs, Ms Ali and aliz pacific issued a High Court writ against the Auditor-General seeking damages for defamation.

They claimed they had been defamed by the Auditor-General’s report because it was not Government that had appointed them as consultants. They were appointed by the board.

The Auditor-General in his statement of defence filed by Peter Knight of Cromptons said that the report is “subject to privilege”.

He also stated that parts of the 2010 Audit Report where references were made to Ms Ali and aliz pacific “have been removed” from their website.

Mr Sharma in freshly filed papers responded that privilege would have come into play if the report was made public through Parliament-but in this case, the report was made available on the Auditor-General’s website.

 

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