High Court discharges case against Chand

THE case against the former vice-chancellor of the Fiji National University (FNU) was today discharged by the High Court in Suva.

This was after the prosecution filed a Nolle Prosequi – a formal notice of abandonment by a plaintiff or prosecutor of all or part of a suit.

The trial against Ganesh Chand was scheduled to begin next week on Monday.

The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) senior counsel, Rashmi Aslam informed the court that they could not locate the main witness in this  case.

Mr Aslam said the witness had migrated overseas.

Mr Chand was  charged with one count of abuse of office.

It was  alleged that while being employed in the public service as the FNU VC, Mr Chand  allegedly abused the authority of his office by doing an arbitrary act for the purpose of gain, namely by approving the payment of $213,905.05 for overseas medical treatment for former Minister of Education and FNU chairman Filipe Bole from FNU funds without the approval of the FNU Council, which was prejudicial to the rights of the university and the council.

The alleged incident took place between November  2012 and July  2013.

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