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Pay up, court orders Chaudhry, Bidesi

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry, has been ordered by the High Court in Suva to pay up the $2000 owed to the Attorney-General and the State since July 2017.
29 Mar 2018 10:49
Pay up, court orders Chaudhry, Bidesi
Fiji Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry, has been ordered by the High Court in Suva to pay up the $2000 owed to the Attorney-General and the State since July 2017.

Chaudhry filed another application to have another go on his attempt to stand in the 2018 General Election.

The first application was filed, but was struck out by the court eight months prior.

However, when the matter was called before Justice Kamal Kumar, Solicitor-General Sharvada Sharma informed the court that in July of 2017, Justice David Alfred had thrown out Chaudhry and party member Karam Bidesi’s bid to contest the 2018 elections.

It was then that Justice Alfred had ordered the two to pay the State and the Attorney-General costs amounting to $2000. The payment has been pending since then.

Yesterday, Justice Kumar put a stay on proceedings for another bid by Chaudhry to stand for the election until Chaudhry and Bidesi pay the court costs, which were awarded in the 2017 matter. He further awarded $500 to the State for the delay on Chaudhry and Bidesi’s part.

Mr Sharma has filed a strike out application on the substantive matter since the court does not have jurisdiction to hear the matter.

According to the 2013 Fijian Constitution a person cannot be a candidate in a general election if he or she has been convicted for a crime where the maximum penalty is a prison term of 12 months or more.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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