Reddy Wishes To Re­main Silent

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For­mer Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion Ma­hen­dra Reddy has ex­er­cised his right to re­main silent in his al­leged cor­rup­tion case be­fore the Suva Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day.

The mat­ter was called be­fore Chief Mag­is­trates Usaia Ratuvili.

De­fence coun­sel De­vanesh Sharma in­formed the court that they will be clos­ing the de­fence case as they will not be call­ing any other wit­nesses.

Mr Ratuvili has given pros­e­cu­tion 21 days to make sub­mis­sions and there­after seven days have been given to the de­fence to re­spond to the sub­mis­sions.

Reddy is charged by the Fiji In­de­pen­dent Com­mis­sion Against Cor­rup­tion with one count each of bribery and un­due in­flu­ence. It is al­leged that Reddy in May this year in the Western Di­vi­sion, in or­der to in­flu­ence the vote of a school man­ager Waisea Le­bobo, di­rectly con­ferred to of­fer a ben­e­fit which was a steady wa­ter source for the school.

It is also al­leged that he in­ter­fered with the free ex­er­cise or per­for­mance of a po­lit­i­cal right of the school man­ager that is rel­e­vant to the 2018 elec­tion.

FICAC was rep­re­sented by Rashmi As­lam. The case has been ad­journed to Novem­ber 21, for men­tion

Photo: Jes­sica Savike

For­mer Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion Ma­hen­dra Reddy.

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