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November 21, 2023, 11:56 am
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Tribunal hearing for suspended Chief Justice deferred

Story By: FIJI TV Team

The tribunal hearing of the suspended Chief Justice Kamal Kumar has been deferred as the three key members who were to give evidence did not turn up due to medical reasons.

The three were supposed to give testaments before that the tribunal was tasked to investigate Kumar.

The Tribunal Chair Retired-Justice, David Aston-Lewis revealed this today when the matter was called at the Court of Appeal.

The Suspended-Chief Justice also did not appear in person.

The matter has been adjourned to a later date.

Kumar was suspended for alleged misbehavior.

He is represented by Kings Counsel Anthony Morris and Suva Lawyer Laurel Vaurasi while Kings Counsel Peter David is acting as Counsel Assistant to the Tribunal.

The contents of the complaints were put to the Chief Justice by the Prime Minister on the 24th of January 2023, and his responses were received by the Prime Minister on the 27th of January 2023.

The President informed the Chief Justice that having regard to the nature of some of the matters complained of and the responses, the Chief Justice is suspended from office pending investigation and referral to the tribunal.