A Lautoka woman who helped her husband misappropriate $286,000 from the Fiji Sugar Corporation has been jailed for 5 years, but no action is taken against a former FSC executive chairman who siphoned off millions of dollars of FSC funds.
The law should apply equally to everyone. While it is proper that the Lautoka couple be punished for their crime, why is the same law not being applied to former FSC executive chairman Abdul Khan?
National Farmers Union general secretary Mahendra Chaudhry exposed the Khan scandal in May last year at a Parliamentary Standing Committee Meeting on the sugar industry.
Following this, he wrote to the Prime Minister’s Office providing details of exorbitant director’s remuneration that Abdul Khan had awarded himself since 2011.
Mr Chaudhry had also released to the PM’s Office documents to show how Khan had siphoned off funds that should have gone to FSC, into his company’s bank account in NZ.
Although Abdul Khan was allowed to resign as a result of this disclosure, he has so far not been charged with any fraudulent dealings or malpractices.
Mr Chaudhry has raised this issue repeatedly at FSC’s annual general meetings and with the Prime Minister’s Office.
He has also written to FRCA and the Reserve Bank providing all documents to support his allegations. He keeps being told that the matter is under investigation.
“I want to know why some 18 months later, no charges have been laid against Abdul Khan? Why is it taking so long to complete the investigations – if indeed, he is being investigated?
Similarly, no action has been taken in a case against FF Parliamentarian Mohammed Dean who is now Deputy Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee.
He faced allegations of fraud in 2015 when he was employed by the Education Ministry as co-ordinator West for the National Substance Abuse Advisory Council (NSAAC).
The Council’s CEO had lodged a report with the Ministry alleging that Dean had made fraudulent claims for visits to schools when such visits had never been made.
The report was shelved and no investigations were ever carried out into the allegations.
“It seems there is a special breed of people in Fiji to whom the law does not apply,” said Mr Chaudhry.