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Court Set Former Principal Free

The former principal of Lautoka Muslim College who lost his job after being charged with indecent assault hopes he will now be reinstated. Gulshar Ali was set free yesterday by
01 Dec 2018 11:43
Court Set Former Principal Free

The former principal of Lautoka Muslim College who lost his job after being charged with indecent assault hopes he will now be reinstated.

Gulshar Ali was set free yesterday by the Lautoka Magistrates Court after the charge against him was dropped.

This is after Police prosecution sought advice from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and was told to drop the charges before the hearing began on Wednesday.

It came after the student who lodged the complaint and which led to the charges being laid admitted to Police prosecution before the hearing began that her father had told her to lie.

Mr Ali broke down while explaining the pain he and his family went through and how his reduced salary had put a burden on his family while preparing for his daughter’s wedding.

“I have to thank my lawyer, Iqbal Khan for not taking any fees from me during these hard times and was always there for my family,” a tearful Mr Ali said.

“I can’t express my feelings because this case is now over. I went through a lot. I was taken from the principal’s office and made to work in the Ministry of Education office in Lautoka, but am now hoping would be reinstated to my former position.”

It was alleged by a student that Mr Ali indecently assaulted her on February 2, 2018.

Mr Ali was arrested and charged with indecent assault and remanded in custody by the magistrates court.

Bail was sought through the High Court and Justice Paul Madigan granted bail to Mr Ali on February 9 and the matter was referred to Magistrates Court for hearing.

At the date of hearing Mr Khan was advised by prosecution that after the student was interviewed by Police, she told them that all the allegations against Mr Ali were false and untrue and were fabricated by her father.

She further told Police officers that she was compelled to give a false statement by her father.

The ODPP directed the Prosecution to withdraw the charge against Mr Ali and it was dismissed by the court.

Mr Khan said he would request the Minister for Education to reinstate Mr Ali to his past position as a Principal because he had done no wrong and he had been ridiculed by false and fabricated complaints.

He said he would also request the Commissioner of Police to investigate the circumstances of the charge laid against Mr Ali.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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