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Lawyers Agree To Chand Trial Date

  Chand is charged with one count of abuse of office. The trial of former Fiji National University Vice Chancellor Ganesh Chand will take place from De­cember 3 to December
30 Aug 2018 10:00
Lawyers Agree To Chand Trial Date
Former Fiji National University Vice Chancellor Ganesh Chand

 

Chand is charged with one count of abuse of office.

The trial of former Fiji National University Vice Chancellor Ganesh Chand will take place from De­cember 3 to December 14, 2018.

Chand appeared at the High Court in Suva yesterday before Justice Chamath Morais.

He was represented by Dev­anesh Sharma while Fiji Inde­pendent Commission against Corruption (FICAC) senior law­yer Rashmi Aslam appeared for the prosecution.

Both counsels were informed by Justice Morais that it was top priority that old cases were handled and disposed of by this year.

He then told them that the court was available from the first week of December and could hear the case for two weeks.

He said the trial vacation would continue into the court vacation period from December 17, 2018 onwards if need be.

There were no objections to the same and all parties agreed on the trial dates.

The case has been adjourned to November 23, 2018 for pre-trial conference.

Chand’s bail has been extend­ed.

Chand is charged with one count of abuse of office.

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

Namely by approving the pay­ment of $213,905.05 for overseas medical treatment for former Minister of Education and FNU chairman, Filipe Bole, from FNU funds without the approval of the FNU Council.

This was allegedly prejudicial to the rights of the university and the council.

Edited by Percy Kean

Feedback: fonua.talei@fijisun.com.fj

 



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