PM, A-G take Aman to court

Aman Ravindra Singh recieves the Writ of Summons from R Patel Lawyers representative Lemeki Sevutia at Glora Jeans , FBC Building in Suva yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

TAKE me to court, said Fiji Labour Party parliamentary leader Aman Ravindra-Singh after he was served a writ of summons yesterday.

Mr Ravindra-Singh has been given 14 days to respond to a legal action taken against him by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

He said he would continue to speak the truth and would stand up for what he believed in.

The writ of summons, filed at the High Court Registry in Suva by lawyer Devanesh Sharma, claims that Mr Ravindra-Singh on February 3 without due regard to the truth or veracity of its content posted an article on his Facebook page titled Regime Dirty Politics.

The post that was published by Mr Ravindra-Singh on his Facebook page used offending words that was outlined in the writ of summons.

The writ claims the statement by Mr Ravindra-Singh was designed to impugn the character and reputation of Mr Bainimarama and Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.

The writ further claimed that it was false and malicious, and the said statements and words in the article had subjected the PM and A-G to public hatred, ridicule and contempt, and as a consequence they have suffered damages.

The writ also outlined what Mr Bainimarama and Mr Sayed-Khaiyum are now claiming from the defendant.

Mr Bainimarama and Mr Sayed-Khaiyum are seeking an order that Mr Singh write a public apology and for it to be published in a daily newspaper and that Mr Singh must be restrained from publishing or printing similar articles on social media.

They are also seeking damages for libel and slander and other relief that the court deems just.

The writ was filed on March 7 this year and was served on Mr Ravindra-Singh yesterday.