The former Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Sugar Research Institute of Fiji (SRIF) appeared in the Lautoka Magistrates Court yesterday charged with corruption related offences.
The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) charged Mr. Sanjay Prakash with one (1) count of “Obtaining a Financial Advantage” and two (2) counts of “General Dishonesty – Causing a Loss”.
Mr. Prakash is alleged to have caused a loss of $16,900.00 AUD and $3,500.00 FJD to SRIF from 2015 to 2018.
He allegedly gave instructions for the sum of $16,900.00 AUD from the $44, 353.00 AUD that was paid by SRIF to Scan Consulting Pty Ltd for the purchase of items, to be transferred to the bank account of AAA - 24/7 Pty Ltd, a company that did not have any dealings with SRIF.
The Accused is also alleged to have caused the payment of $13,500.00 FJD to be made by SRIF for the purchase of storage containers and as a result of that conduct, caused a loss to SRIF amounting to $3,500.00 FJD.
FICAC State Counsel Mr. Adrian Sharma informed the court that first phase disclosures have been served to the Accused.
Resident Magistrate Mr. Rangajeeva Wimalasena released Mr. Prakash on bail with two (2) sureties and told him to report to the FICAC office on the last Friday of every month.
The Accused has also been told not to re-offend whilst on bail, not to interfere with Prosecution witnesses, not to change his place of residence and to surrender his travel documents.
A stop departure order has also been issued.
The Accused was represented by Mr. Iqbal Khan.
The matter has been adjourned to 30 October 2018.