Constable Accused of Bribery On Bail
A-Police constable charged with one count of bribery was released on bail by the Navua Magistrates Court yesterday.
Constable Rohit Ritesh Chand appeared without a lawyer indicated to the court that he understood the charge against him.
It is alleged that on Tuesday September 12 at Navua being employed as a Police Constable of the Fiji Police Force, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, Chand accepted an advantage of $100 in Australian currency from a Rajnesh Naidu on account of abstaining from performing an act in his capacity as a public servant. Magistrate Thushara Thennakoon then questioned the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption prosecutor, Sanjana Datt, if the offence was indictable and she responded that it was, but they had no objections to bail. Magistrate Thennakoon then released Chand on $1000 bail with a surety and ordered him to report to the Navua Police Station between 6am and 6pm every Friday. He was also ordered to surrender all his travel documents and advised not to offend or interfere with prosecution witnesses. Ms Datt also suggested that a stop departure order be imposed against Chand.
The case has been adjourned to September 29, for his plea to be taken.
Navua Police officer Rohit Chand appeared in the Navua court yesterday to answer to bribery charges.