Court defers plea

THE plea of former Fiji National University vice-chancellor Dr Ganesh Chand has been deferred.

This was after his lawyer, Rudra Nand, informed High Court judge Justice Priyantha Fernando for the plea to be deferred until they have received all disclosures from the prosecution.

Mr Chand, who is charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) with one count of abuse of office contrary to section 139 of the Crimes Decree of 2009, appeared before Justice Fernando yesterday.

The particulars of the offence allege that Dr Chand while being employed in the public service as the vice-chancellor of the Fiji National University, acted in abuse of the authority of his office by approving the payments for overseas medical treatment for the then Minister for Education and the chairman of the Fiji National University Council, Filipe Bole, without the approval of the Fiji National University Council.

FICAC lawyer Rashmi Aslam informed the court they had served disclosures.

The case has been adjourned to August 27 for the additional disclosures to be served to the defence.

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