THE Independent Legal Services Commission yesterday suspended the practising licence of lawyer Ram Chand and also fined him $5000 for deceiving the High Court.
Legal Practitioners Unit Commissioner Justice Paul Madigan, in giving the orders, said the practitioner was publicly reprimanded; his practising certificate suspended from October 3 this year until March 1 next year and fined $5000.
Mr Chand on October 27, 2011 knowingly deceived and misled the High Court after writing a letter to the High Court dated October 17, 2011, asking for an adjournment on medical grounds.
In his letter, he stated that he had undergone an eye operation and was advised not to stress his eyes for at least three months.
However, on the said date, Mr Chand was conducting a full court hearing in the Tailevu Magistrates Court.
In his judgment, Justice Madigan said "although the practitioner says that he was not trying to deceive the court and was trying to 'rest his eyes', the fact that he was appearing in a contested hearing in the magistrates court on the same day he wrote to the court leads to a strong inference that he was being selective as to which tribunal he should appear before".