Charged former Magistrate explains to Judge failure to appear at first call

Media Team   |   01 Dec 2008

In the High Court this morning (02.12.08) was the first call for the FICAC case against Mr. Sunil Kumar.

Mr. Kumar is the former Resident Magistrate for the Nausori Magistrates Court.

Mr. Kumar’s legal counsel, Mr. Amhi Kohli did not appear before Justice Daniel Gounder this morning and the matter was adjourned to 29th January for mention.

The matter was recalled to the High Court later in the day.

Justice Gounder asked the Defendant Mr. Kumar to state for the Court why he did not appear in the morning for mention, to which Mr. Kumar replied that he was not informed and only came to know about the matter through rumours.

Justice Gounder then asked Mr. Raman Pratap Singh who appeared on behalf Mr. Kohli why his client was not aware of the matter. Mr. Singh stated that there was a misunderstanding in court dates as he had another client with the similar name. Justice Gounder then accepted this explanation.

Mr. Kumar is charged with seven counts of ‘Attempting to prevent the course of Justice’.

Between May and October of 2007, Mr. Kumar on several occasions had ordered Police Officers to stop booking traffic offenders and therefore attempting to prevent the course of justice by discouraging them from carrying out their Police duties.

The accused was ordered to sign a fresh bail bond in the High Court.