The hearing date for two men charged with corruption-related offences will be decided after a plea of not guilty was entered in the Lautoka Magistrates Court yesterday.
Former Ministry of Health (MOH) Executive, Mr. Ronald Ritesh Narayan pled not guilty to all four (4) counts of “Abuse of Office” and one (1) count of “Obtaining a Financial Advantage”.
His father and Director of Brink Home Builders, Mr. Sat Narayan pled not guilty to one (1) count of “Obtaining a Financial Advantage”.
The two were charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) in September for allegedly causing tenders of MOH to be awarded to Brink Home Builders on four (4) occasions for project works in the Nukuilau Nursing Station, Bukuya Health Centre, Ba Mission Hospital and the Raiwaqa Health Centre.
The alleged offences were committed from September 2016 to October 2017 where $101,041.12 FJD was obtained by the two Accused.
FICAC Senior State Counsel Ms. Francis Puleiwai informed the Court that prosecution wish to have the matter heard in the Magistrates court and withdrew her application to have matter transferred to the High Court and requested a Pre-Trial Conference date before the hearing date was fixed.
Resident Magistrate Mr. Rangajeeva Wimalasena adjourned the matter to 22 January 2019.