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SODELPA Claims Against Its MP Bulitavu To Be Heard On September 6

SODELPA wanted Ratu Epeli Nailatikau to expel Mr Bulitavu for supporting the Budget and iTaukei Land Trust Act commonly known as Bill No. 17 of 2021.
01 Sep 2021 10:47
SODELPA Claims Against Its MP Bulitavu To Be Heard On September 6
SODELPA was represented by lawyer Romanu Vananalagi. Photo: Leon Lord

The Fiji Court of Disputed Returns has fixed a hearing date in the case of SODELPA seeking Member of Parliament, Mosese Bulitavu’s Parliamentary seat to be deemed vacant.

The matter was called before Chief Justice Kamal Kumar yesterday.

SODELPA Party leader Viliame Gavoka filed the claims against Mr Bulitavu, Speaker of Parliament, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, and the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Mr Gavoka and SODELPA were represented by lawyer Romanu Vananalagi.

Mr Bulitavu was represented by Labasa lawyer Sushil Sharma.

The Speaker of Parliament and the Attorney-General were represented by Solicitor-General Sharvada Sharma and his counsels.

 

Details behind the case

SODELPA wanted Ratu Epeli Nailatikau to expel Mr Bulitavu for supporting the Budget and iTaukei Land Trust Act commonly known as Bill No. 17 of 2021.

In his ruling in Parliament, the Speaker said that since he was unable to decide on how Mr Bulitavu voted on the 2021-2022 Budget and Bill No. 17, his seat as a Member of Parliament cannot be deemed vacant and he remains as a Member of Parliament.

According to the originating summons, Mr Gavoka is seeking a declaration that Mr Bulitavu’s seat as a Member of Parliament become vacant.

He is also seeking an order for costs against Mr Buliavu on a solicitor/client indemnity basis, and/or further orders deemed just and fair in the circumstances to give effect to the declaration sought herein.

Chief Justice Kumar has directed counsels to file their respective submissions by Friday.

The matter has been adjourned for hearing on Monday, September 6 at 2pm.

Feedback:  ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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