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Final delay

Shalveen Chand
Friday, May 23, 2014

A FORMER employee of the Office of the Prime Minister was granted one more month before his case goes to trial.

Rudra Maharaj is charged with bribery related offences.

The High Court in Suva was told he had engaged a new lawyer.

It is alleged that being the information officer at the Strategic Framework for Change and Co-ordination at the Office of the Prime Minister, Mr Maharaj accepted an advantage of $2000 cash and two cheques amounting to $10,000 as a reward from Avin Prakash on account of using influence in procuring a tender.

In court yesterday, defence counsel Akuila Naco told Justice Janaka Bandara he had started discussions with his client and needed more time.

Mr Naco said on the last occasion, lawyer Iqbal Khan was on record and the disclosures were yet to be received.

Justice Bandara said Mr Maharaj's case was last called in January and since then, he has had four months to look for a lawyer.

Mr Maharaj was told this should be the final delay before the trial as his bail was extended.


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