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Hearing date set for Ganesh Chand’s case

Former vice chancellor of the Fiji National University (FNU) Ganesh Chand charged with one count of abuse of office appeared at the Suva High Court this morning. Chand appeared before Justice Achala Wengapulli. The matter was supposed to be called later in the day, however, the State Prosecutor told the court that he would be attending a seminar […]

Salote Qalubau

August 23, 2016 1:19 pm

Former vice chancellor of the Fiji National University (FNU) Ganesh Chand charged with one count of abuse of office appeared at the Suva High Court this morning.

Former Fiji National University Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Ganesh Chand walking into court this morning. Source: Peni Shute/Newswire.
Former Fiji National University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Ganesh Chand outside the Suva High Court. (Peni Shute/Newswire).

Chand appeared before Justice Achala Wengapulli.

The matter was supposed to be called later in the day, however, the State Prosecutor told the court that he would be attending a seminar during that time.

The State Prosecutor sought for more time to file information and the Defense Counsel also told the court that he would not be in the country until October 19, this year.

Justice Wengapulli has adjourned the matter to October 19th for hearing.

The accused is currently on a $500 bail and had been ordered to submit his travel documents, not to interfere with witnesses and not to re-offend.

The former Vice-Chancellor of the Fiji National University (FNU), Dr. Ganesh Chand, appeared in the Suva High Court yesterday.

Dr Chand appeared before Justice Priyantha Fernando.

The case was called to check on the defence’s reply to the ‘Proposed Facts & Proposed Agreed Facts’ of documents.  It was also called to check filing of written submissions by the defence, and to fix a hearing date.

Prosecution lawyers, Mr Rashmi Aslam and Ms Lilian Mausio, informed the court that the prosecution had just received a reply from the defence on Monday.  The reply contained a ‘slight derivation’ from prosecutions.

Justice Fernando granted the Prosecution time to finalise the ‘Agreed Facts and Agreed Documents’.

The case will be recalled on May 19, 2016.

Former Fiji National University (FNU) Vice-Chancellor Dr Ganesh Chand appeared before Justice Priyantha Fernando in the Suva High Court for a pre-trial conference yesterday.

Prosecution Lawyers, Mr Rashmi Aslam and Ms Lilian Mausio submitted that the defence had not replied to the proposed agreed facts and proposed agreed documents. The court then stated to give another one week for their reply.

The prosecution also filed an affidavit in reply to the permanent stay application in court.

Court adjourned the matter to 26/04/16 for mention to file submissions and thenceforth set a hearing date. Accused was also reminded to inform his counsel of the Court’s direction as the hearing date will be set at the next mention.

Dr Chand’s lawyer Mr Devanesh Sharma of R. Patel Lawyers did not appear in court yesterday.

Former Fiji National University (FNU) Vice-Chancellor Dr Ganesh Chand appeared before Justice Priyantha Fernando in the Suva High Court this morning.

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Dr. Ganesh Chand and his lawyer Mr. Devanesh Sharma of R. Patel Lawyers standing outside of the courthouse in Suva. (Peni Shute/Newswire)

Dr Chand’s lawyer Mr Devanesh Sharma of R. Patel Lawyers requested for more time to process the pre-trial conference minutes before replying to the proposed agreed facts and documents.

Justice Fernando agreed and adjourned the case to the 4th of April.

The particulars of the offence allege:

Mr Chand, while being employed in the public service as the vice-chancellor of the FNU, abused the authority of his office by approving the payments of overseas medical treatment for the then Minister of Education and FNU council chairman, Filipe Bole, without the approval of the council.

Mr Sharma had earlier confirmed that 60 proposed facts had been submitted during the pre-trial conference.

Dr Ganesh Chand was charged in April last year.

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