The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption has appealed against the no case to answer ruling and acquittal of former CEO of the then Fiji Commerce Commission, Bobby Maharaj.

Maharaj appeared at the High Court in Suva before Judge Justice Aruna Aluthge, for one count of abuse of office by FICAC.

It was alleged that between March and December 2012, Maharaj directed an employee to fill in false information without inspecting Rajah’s Food Court and Bakery in Korovou, Tailevu and that a verbal warning was issued against the trader.

Magistrate Jioji Boseiwaqa had ruled a no case to answer and acquitted Maharaj after the submissions were filed by defense counsel Devanesh Sharma.

In the grounds of appeal by FICAC, it stated that the learned Magistrate errored in fact and law by failing to analyze the evidence objectively in its entirety.

FICAC counsel Sera Fatafehi told the court that the appeal was filed within the time and sought time for the records.

The matter will be called on July 30 for mention.

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