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Court Rejects Singh’s Bid to Intervene in Constitutional Case



Court Rejects Singh's Bid to Intervene in Constitutional Case
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In a ruling delivered on May 8, 2024, Judge Denis Mootoo dismissed the motion filed by Sherry and Varsha Singh, the former CEO of Mauritius Telecom and his wife, to intervene in a constitutional case lodged by Commissioner of Police Anil Kumar Dip against Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Rashid Ahmine.

The couple had sought to intervene in the case, citing that their names were mentioned in the police commissioner’s complaint, which referenced their criminal prosecution in a case involving the sale of copper cables by MT during Sherry Singh’s tenure as CEO.

The couple claimed that they wanted to protect their rights and shed light on constitutional issues related to criminal procedures.

However, the police commissioner, along with the Financial Crimes Commission (FCC), had opposed the couple’s request, arguing that their case was only cited as an example of the alleged abuse of power by the DPP.

The DPP, on the other hand, informed the court that he would abide by the decision.

Judge Mootoo ruled that the police commissioner’s complaint was not directed against the Singh couple, and therefore, their opinion on the issues raised in the complaint was not necessary for the determination of the case.

The judge concluded that the couple did not have a “legitimate and sufficient personal interest” to justify their intervention in the constitutional case.

In essence, the judge rejected the Singh couple’s bid to intervene in the case, citing that they did not have a direct stake in the outcome.

The case will continue to be heard by the Supreme Court, with the police commissioner seeking to establish his territorial boundaries and challenge the DPP’s actions.

Source: Defi Media

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