The Sugar Research Institute of Fiji’s (SRIF) former acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) pleaded not guilty in the Lautoka Magistrates Court yesterday.

Sanjay Prakash was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) last October with one (1) count of Obtaining Financial Advantage and two (2) counts of General Dishonesty – Causing a Loss.

He is alleged to have diverted part of funds paid by SRIF to Scan Consulting Pty Ltd into an outside company with no affiliation to SRIF named AAA – 24/7 Bins Pty Ltd and gained $16,900.00 FJD.

He is also alleged to have caused a further loss of $3,500.00 FJD to SRIF by causing payments to be made to Lovely Auto Repairs for the purchase of storage containers.

The matter was adjourned to 29 April 2019 to check on voir dire grounds.

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