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Lawyer Richard Naidu Guilty, Convicted For Scandalising The Court.

Naidu scandalised and ridiculed the courts and the Judiciary in a Facebook post where he made comments in relation to a judgment delivered by the High Court in Suva.
22 Nov 2022 17:04
Lawyer Richard Naidu Guilty, Convicted For Scandalising The Court.
Richard Naidu outside the Civil High Court in Suva on October 5, 2022. Photo: Ashna Kumar

The Civil High Court Judge, Justice Jude Nanayakkara this afternoon has ruled that Naidu is guilty for contempt of court.

Naidu scandalised and ridiculed the courts and the Judiciary in a Facebook post where he made comments in relation to a judgment delivered by the High Court in Suva.

The Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum filed the proceedings against Naidu for ridiculing the Judiciary in a Facebook post.

 

The Civil High Court orders are:

  • The preliminary objection to the admissibility of the deposition in the affidavit of the A-G sworn on June 10, 2022, and filed on June 22, 2022, is partly allowed.
  • The Judge concluded that the deposition in paragraph (12) of the A-G’s affidavit is a statement of opinion and therefore give no weight whatsoever.
  • Except the deposition in paragraph (12), all other deposition in the A-G’s affidavit are admitted in to evidence including exhibit A and B.
  • The Judge found that the particulars contained in the statement of charge filed pursuant to Order 52 Rule 2 (2) is proved beyond reasonable doubt by the evidence relied on by the A-G in his affidavit sworn on June 10, 2022.
  • The Judge found Naidu guilty of contempt scandalising the court as charged in the statement of charge.
  • The Judge convicted Naidu for contempt scandalising the court.

The matter will be called on January 5, 2023 for mitigation and sentence submissions.

 

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