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High Court Grants FICAC Time

The Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption (FICAC) has been given until January 29, 2018 to respond to a strike out application filed by counsel for former Fiji National University Vice-Chancellor
23 Jan 2018 15:27
High Court Grants FICAC Time

The Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption (FICAC) has been given until January 29, 2018 to respond to a strike out application filed by counsel for former Fiji National University Vice-Chancellor Ganesh Chand.

Chand is charged with one count of abuse of office. He pleaded not guilty on 27th August, 2015.

It is alleged that between November 14, 2012 and July 4, 2013 whilst being employed in the public service as the vice-chancellor, he allegedly abused the authority of his office by doing an arbitrary act for the purpose of gain.

Chand is chargd for allegedly approving the payment of $213,905.05 for overseas medical treatment for former Minister of Education and FNU chairman, Filipe Bole.

Payment was allegedly from FNU funds and without the approval of the FNU Council which was prejudicial to the rights of the university and the council.

Chand appeared before Suva High Court judge Justice Riyaz Hamza.

Chand was represented by lawyer Nancy Choo on instructions of Suva lawyer Devanesh Sharma.

FICAC lawyer Joseph Work appeared on behalf of the prosecution and requested for more time to respond to Chand’s application.

Mr Work said the prosecution was objecting to the application on the grounds that the issues raised were not new and had been raised in the earlier application.

Ms Choo objected to the prosecution’s application for more time saying in the absence of any response from FICAC her client’s application for the strike out should be granted forthwith.

Justice Hamza said that would have been the case had it been scheduled for hearing, however, a hearing date was yet to be set for the application.

Accordingly the case was adjourned to February 5 for hearing on the interlocutory matter along with the substantive file.

Chand’s bail was extended.

Trial has been set to take place between July 16 and 27, 2018.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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