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Former SODELPA Party Candidate Jailed For 3 Months, Fined $10,000 Over Facebook Posts

While sentencing Sharma, Justice Seneviratne said: “The act of the respondent (Sharma) criticizing the judiciary without any valid reason cannot be tolerated.
13 Aug 2019 17:31
Former SODELPA Party Candidate Jailed For 3 Months, Fined $10,000 Over Facebook Posts
Anirudh Sharma outside Court on August 12, 2019. Photo: Ashna Kumar

Civil High Court Judge, Justice Lyone Seneviratne, says that criticizing the judiciary without any valid reason cannot be tolerated.

Justice Seneviratne made the remark yesterday while sentencing a former SODELPA failed candidate, Anirudh Sharma, who was found guilty for contempt of court.

Sharma was sentenced to three months imprisonment and ordered to pay a fine of $10,000 within 30 days from yesterday (August 12).

Sharma was charged in relation to a post on social media against a presiding magistrate in a criminal case. Sharma, on September 27, 2018, shared Fiji Sun’s story titled “Nasinu businessman appears for a drug charge in Labasa” on his Facebook page with comments as: “Now, this is evident that Khans and Mohammeds are immediately released on bail. They justified that these people were found with small amounts of drugs, so what about this one? It’s more than 6kg. Wake up Fiji, we have double standards of justice, these people are destroying Fiji with drugs yet are left to roam free”.

The matter was called yesterday before Justice Seneviratne at the Civil High Court in Suva for sentencing.

While sentencing Sharma, Justice Seneviratne said: “The act of the respondent (Sharma) criticizing the judiciary without any valid reason cannot be tolerated.

“The respondent (Sharma) may have become remorseful after he was found guilty for contempt of court, but the damage done to the judiciary cannot now be repaired, however, much remorseful he has subsequently become,” he said.

Edited by Percy Kean

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