A Ministry employee and a company Director appeared in the Labasa Magistrates Court yesterday charged with corruption related offences.
The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) charged Mr Dinesh Dayal and Mr Rajeshwar Prasad with a joint count of Conspiracy to Defraud – Causing a Loss and one (1) count each of Obtaining a Financial Advantage.
The duo are alleged to have caused a loss of $6,000.00 FJD to the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and Natural Disaster Management in 2015 by causing a false payment of that amount to be made to Northern Timber and Hardware Limited for the supply of materials for the Naseva Water Project without the materials being delivered.
It is further alleged that the actions of the Accused persons in causing the false payment of $6,000.00 to be made by the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and Natural Disaster Management to Northern Timber and Hardware Limited for the supply of materials for the Naseva Water Project, led to the company obtaining a financial advantage amounting to $6,000.00 FJD.
FICAC State Counsel Mr Adrian Sharma informed the Court that first phase disclosures have been served and requested that strict bail conditions be imposed.
Both Accused persons were released on bail and instructed not to re-offend or to interfere with Prosecution witnesses.
The Accused persons have been told to surrender their passports and a Stop Departure Order has been issued.
The matter was adjourned to 16 September 2019.