The Ruling on former Fiji National University’s Vice-Chancellor Ganesh Chand’s stay application was refused today by the Suva High court judge Justice Riyaz Humza.

Chand is charged with one count of abuse of office.

It is alleged that between November 14, 2012 and July 4, 2013 whilst being employed in the public service as the vice-chancellor, he allegedly abused the authority of his office by doing an arbitrary act for the purpose of gain.

Chand is charged for allegedly approving the payment of $213,905.05 for overseas medical treatment for former Minister of Education and FNU chairman, Filipe Bole.

Payment was allegedly from FNU funds and without the approval of the FNU Council which was prejudicial to the rights of the university and the council.

His lawyers had earlier filed a stay application, arguing Chand had only followed a directive, which was in writing to him, and on the letter-head of the Education Minister.

The pre-trial conference has been scheduled for 6 July 2018.

Chand’s bail has been extended.

Trial for the substantive matter has been set for the 16th to the 26th of July 2018.

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