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Arya’s Lawyer Seek To Vacate Trial Dates

The High Court will decide next Monday (January 28) on a motion by lawyers for the Registrar of University of Fiji Kamlesh Arya to have his trial dates vacated. Defence
26 Jan 2019 10:00
Arya’s Lawyer Seek To Vacate Trial Dates
Kamlesh Arya.

The High Court will decide next Monday (January 28) on a motion by lawyers for the Registrar of University of Fiji Kamlesh Arya to have his trial dates vacated.

Defence lawyer Vijay Maharaj submitted in court yesterday that the dates be vacated because the defence had engaged the services of Queen’s Counsel Ian Lloyd.

Arya, who is charged with one count of abuse of office and one count of general dishonesty, appeared before High Court Judge Justice Vinsent Perera yesterday.

It is alleged that Arya, between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2014, in Suva, while being employed in the public service as the Registrar at the University of Fiji and while acting as the school manager for Bhawani Dayal Memorial Primary School, did arbitrary acts for gain in abuse of the authority of his office.

It is alleged he authorised loans amounting to $116,500 from the Free Education Grant provided by the Ministry of Education to Bhawani Dayal Memorial Primary School, which was prejudicial to the rights of the ministry and Bhawani Dayal Memorial Primary School.

It is also alleged that during the same period in Suva, while being employed in the public service as the Registrar at the University of Fiji and while acting as school manager for Bhawani Dayal Memorial Primary School, he dishonestly caused a risk of loss to Bhawani Dayal Memorial Primary School.

This was by allegedly authorising the Free Education Grants as loans amounting to $116,500 and knowing that the loss would occur or substantial risk of the loss would occur to Bhawani Dayal Memorial Primary School.

In court yesterday, Mr Maharaj filed the motion for vacating trial dates and said Mr Lloyd QC was unavailable on the set trial dates on medical grounds.

The trial was initially set to commence on February 4 and end on March 1.

FICAC lawyer Sam Savumiramira objected to the motion and told the court that FICAC was not informed that the defence team were engaging the services of a QC until the last minute and that this was their attempt to defer the matter.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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