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Arya’s Plea Deferred Next Month

  The Registrar of the University of Fiji, Kamlesh Arya, will take a plea next month. Arya is charged with one count each of abuse of office and general dishonesty
06 Jan 2017 11:27
Arya’s Plea Deferred Next Month
Maklesh Arya leaves the courthouse with his su[porters after his appearance yesterday. Photo:Jone Luvenitoga

 

The Registrar of the University of Fiji, Kamlesh Arya, will take a plea next month.

Arya is charged with one count each of abuse of office and general dishonesty causing a loss.

The matter was called yesterday before Magistrate Shageeth Somaratne at the Suva Magistrates Court.

Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) had charged Arya last November.

FICAC lawyer, Francis Puleiwai served second phase disclosures.

Defence lawyer, Vijay Maharaj has sought three to four weeks to go through the disclosures before the plea and election of jurisdiction is made.

It is alleged that between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2014, at Suva, Arya while being employed as the Registrar at the University of Fiji and acting School Manager for Bhawani Dayal Memorial Primary School, in abuse of the authority of his office, authorised loans amounting to $116,500 from the Free Education Grant provided by the Ministry of Education to Bhawani Dayal Memorial Primary School.

It is also alleged that Arya dishonestly caused a loss to Bhawani Dayal Memorial School by authorising the Free Education Grants as loans amounting to $116,500 and knowing that the loss will occur to Bhawani Dayal Memorial School.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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