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Lawyer, Aman Ravindra-Singh Convicted For Contempt Of Court

“The evidence of the case demonstrated not only that he acted in wholesale disregard of his obligations under the orders of the Court,” Justice Nanayakkara said.
29 Jul 2022 15:36
Lawyer, Aman Ravindra-Singh Convicted For Contempt Of Court
Lawyer Aman Ravindra-Singh.

Lautoka lawyer, Aman Ravindra Singh, has been convicted for contempt of court.

In July 2020, the Court ordered Ravindra-Singh to publish an immediate apology and pay a sum of $120,000 as damages within 30 days from July 28, 2020, for making defamatory claims on his Facebook page against Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama and Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum.

Ravindra-Singh was also ordered to render in writing a public retraction and apology to the Prime Minister and the A-G in prominent print which was to be published on his Facebook page and in all local daily newspapers.

He was also ordered to remove the subject article from his Facebook page immediately and ordered to pay the Prime Minister and the A-G, $8000 as costs and six per cent interest on the sum of $120,000 awarded from March 7, 2018, to July 28, 2020.

 

Despite that, Ravindra-Singh continued to make defamatory claims on his Facebook account which was in contempt of the Court as there was a Court order in place. Following this, committal proceedngs against Ravindra-Singh were filed.

The Judge noted with concern that Ravindra-Singh failed to file an affidavit in opposition to the alleged contempt despite being given 28 days’ time to do so.

The Judge said Ravindra-Singh continued to use those libellous terms on his Facebook posts despite being fully aware of the orders and contempt proceedings.

 

“The evidence of the case demonstrated not only that he acted in wholesale disregard of his obligations under the orders of the Court,” Justice Nanayakkara said.

“His wholesale flagrant, repeated, and persistent disregard of his obligations under the orders of the Court, coupled with an awareness of the consequence can properly be regarded as ‘contumelious’ conduct.”

The Judge held that Ravindra-Singh Court was not casual, or accidental and unintentional. He said Ravindra-Singh, being a legal practitioner, a practising Barrister and a Solicitor in the Fijian Courts, would know the consequences of blatantly breaching Court orders and of aggravating matters by making further defamatory postings.

 

“If permitted and repeated, the activities of Ravindra-Singh would have a tendency to lower the authority of the Court and weaken the spirit of obedience of the law.”

Justice Nanayakkara said it was necessary for the purpose of maintaining public confidence in the administration of law that there should be some certain and immediate method of re-pressing libellous imputations upon the Prime Minister and the A-G and the defiant words upon the Courts of Justice which, if continued, were likely to impair their authority.

The matter will be called for sentencing and mitigation submissions.

 

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