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No appeal against Minister Bala’s ruling

The Office of the Director of  Public Prosecution will not be filing any appeal against the Magistrate Court ruling to acquit Minister Praveen Kumar Bala. After reviweing the ruling , Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Christopher Pryde has accepted the decision of the Magistrate to acquit him of his charges. Mr Bala was charged with one count […]

Salote Qalubau

August 9, 2016 11:55 am

The Office of the Director of  Public Prosecution will not be filing any appeal against the Magistrate Court ruling to acquit Minister Praveen Kumar Bala.

The Minister for Local Government and Transport Hon. Parveen Bala. (Peni Shute/Newswire)
The Minister for Local Government and Transport Parveen Bala. (Peni Shute/Newswire)

After reviweing the ruling , Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Christopher Pryde has accepted the decision of the Magistrate to acquit him of his charges.

Mr Bala was charged with one count of dangerous driving occasioning death and was alleged to have driven a motor vehicle in a dangerous manner that caused the death of Puna Chand in Lautoka in 2013.

In a written Ruling handed down on 22nd July 2016 the Lautoka Magistrates’ Court acquitted Mr Bala of the charge.

Mr Pryde said the ODPP accepted the central premise of the Court .

PRYDE: “Although there are areas of disagreement with the Ruling by the Magistrate, we accept the central premise of the court that the State failed to prove the manner of driving was dangerous in the circumstances. The State has therefore decided that there will be no appeal against the decision to acquit.”

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