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Committal Proceedings Initiated Against Ravindra-Singh

Local lawyer Aman Ravindra-Singh has defied court orders by not paying Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum $120,000 as damages in a civil lawsuit against him. This was
13 Oct 2020 11:35
Committal Proceedings Initiated Against Ravindra-Singh
Aman Ravindra-Singh.

Local lawyer Aman Ravindra-Singh has defied court orders by not paying Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum $120,000 as damages in a civil lawsuit against him.

This was revealed in the High Court yesterday by lawyer Devanesh Sharma who is representing Mr Bainimarama and Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.

Leave was granted to Mr Sharma to proceed with committal proceedings.

He has been given 14 days to file the notice of motion.

The case has been adjourned to October 26 for mention.

Mr Ravindra-Singh had posted slanderous comments about the plaintiffs on Facebook in 2018.

 

July judgement

In his judgment delivered on July 24, 2020, Justice Lyone Seneviratne, said the allegations were very serious in nature and one does not make allegations of such nature unless they were true and have very strong grounds to justify them.

He said people would not have voted for Mr Bainimarama if they did not have confidence and trust that he would discharge his duties honestly and efficiently.

He further added that Mr Sayed-Khaiyum was also elected by the people of Fiji to be a member of the Parliament.

“People have various political affiliations, but one must not defame the character of another for his own political gain. This is what exactly has happened in this case. No court will have sympathy towards people who violate the rights of others in the guise of exercising their rights guaranteed by the Constitution.”

Mr Ravindra-Singh was then ordered to;

  • Pay both plaintiffs $60,000 each within 30 days from July 24th,
  • Render in writing a public retraction and apology to them in prominent print which is to be published on his Facebook page and in all local daily newspapers,
  • Remove the subject article from his Facebook page immediately,
  • Pay the plaintiffs $8000 as costs for the case within 30 days from July 24.

Edited by Selita Bolanavanua

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