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Suva High Court found Rudra Maharaj guilty

February 12, 2016 7:55 pm

The Suva High Court has found Rudra Maharaj guilty of one count of bribery and will be sentenced next Tuesday.

Justice Priyantha Fernando delivered his judgement yesterday afternoon concurring with the three assessors who found Maharaj guilty.

Maharaj was the former information and Public Relations Officer at the Prime Minister’s Office.

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In September, 2013 he accepted an advantage of $2,000 cash and two cheques amounting to $10,000 from one Avin Prakash, on account of using influence in procuring a contract.

Judge Fernando says that Prakash was a truthful and credible witness and he proved beyond reasonable doubt that Maharaj received the money from him.

Defence Counsel Iqbal Khan requested for extended of bail for his client and for the last three years he has not absconded bail.

Judge replied that he has convicted Maharaj and he will remand him.

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