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Chief Executive Officer, Manager Works & Projects of Ba Provincial Holding Company Limited and Former Manager Building Repair & Maintenance of Fiji National University (FNU) Jointly Charged by FICAC.

Media Team   |   12 Nov 2021

The former Acting Manager Building Repair & Maintenance of the Fiji National University (FNU); Manager Works & Projects and the Chief Executive Officer of the Ba Provincial Holding Company Limited were produced at the Anti-Corruption Court this morning 12 November 2021 on corruption related charges.


The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) has jointly charged Simeli Savutini also known as Isimeli Bose, Rakesh Prasad and Mohammed Lateef Imam with seven (7) counts of corrupt transactions with agents.


Mohammed Lateef has been charged with three (3) counts of corrupt transactions with agents.


On the first count, it is alleged between 01 October 2018 and 30 April 2019 in the Central Division whilst being employed as the Acting Manager Building Repair and Maintenance at Fiji National University accepted an advantaged of FJD $20,000 in cash from Rakesh Prasad, the Manager Works & Projects and Simeli Savutini, the Chief Executive Officer of Ba Provincial Holding Company Limited, on account of him showing or forbearing to show favour to Ba Provincial Holding Company Limited, in relation to Fiji National University’s affairs or business.


In relation to the second count, it is alleged between 01 October 2018 and 30 April 2019 in the Central Division whilst being employed as the Engineer Planning and Design at the Fiji National University, accepted an advantage of FJD $30,000 in cash from Rakesh Prasad, the Manager Works & Projects and Simeli Savutini, the Chief Executive Officer of Ba Provincial Holding Company Limited, on account of him showing or forbearing to show favour to Ba Provincial Company Limited, in relation to Fiji National University’s affairs or business.


For the third count, it is alleged that on or about 05 November 2018 in the Central Division, with intent to deceive Fiji National University, used the Declaration of Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest Form for the FNU Project No. 062/18, and declared that there was no conflict of interest with the bidders, namely Ba Provincial Holding Company Limited, and which to his knowledge is intended to have mislead the Fiji National University.


Rakesh Prasad has been charged with two (2) counts of corrupt transactions with agents.


On the first count, it is alleged that between 01 October 2018 and 30 April 2019 in the Central Division, whilst being employed as the Manager Works and Projects of the Ba Provincial Holding Company Limited, offered an advantage of FJD $20,000 in cash to Mohammed Lateef Imam, the Acting Manager Building Repair and Maintenance at the Fiji National University, on account of him showing or forbearing to show favour to Ba Provincial Holding Company Limited, in relation to Fiji National University’s affairs or business.


In the second count, it is alleged that between 01 October 2018 and 30 April 2019 in the Central Division, whilst being employed as the Manager Works and Projects of the Ba Provincial Holding Company Limited, offered an advantage of FJD $30,000 in cash to Mohammed Lateef Imam, the Engineer Planning and Design at the Fiji National University, on account of him showing or forbearing to show favour to Ba Provincial Holding Company Limited, in relation to Fiji National University’s affairs or business.


Simeli Savutini also known as Isimeli Bose has been charged with two (2) counts of corrupt transactions with agents.


In relation to the first count, it is alleged between 01 October 2018 and 30 April 2019 in the Central Division, whilst being employed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Ba Provincial Holding Company Limited, offered an advantage of FJD $20,000 in cash to Mohammed Lateef Imam, the Acting Manager Building Repair and Maintenance at the Fiji National University, on account of him showing or forbearing to show favour to Ba Provincial Holding Company Limited, in relation to Fiji National University’s affairs or business.


On the second count, it is alleged between 01 October 2018 and 30 April 2019 in the Central Division, whilst being employed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Ba Provincial Holding Company Limited, offered an advantage of FJD $30,000 in cash to Mohammed Lateef Imam, the Engineer Planning and Design at the Fiji National University, on account of him showing or forbearing to show favour to Ba Provincial Holding Company Limited, in relation to Fiji National University’s affairs or business.


FICAC Senior State Counsel Sam Savumiramira informed the Court that the first phase of disclosures has been served.


Magistrate Jeremaia Savou granted bail of $1,000 each for the three accused.


Mohammed Lateef Imam was ordered not to change his residential address without leave of Court, surrender his passport and to report to the Nakasi Police Station on 13 December 2021 and every month thereafter between 6am to 6pm.


Rakesh Patel and Simeli Savutini were ordered not to re-offend whilst on bail and to report to the FICAC Lautoka Office once a month commencing from 13 December 2021.


A stop departure order has been issued against the three accused.


The matter has been adjourned to 10 January 2022 for the second phase disclosures to be served.