13 Jun 2006

Fiji Public Service top brass could face contempt charges

8:00 pm on 13 June 2006

The top hierarchy of Fiji's Public Service Commission could face contempt charges for failing to appear in the Suva High Court yesterday.

Fiji TV reports that PSC chairman Stuart Huggett, chief executive Anare Jale, and his deputy Tom Lee were summoned to appear to explain why they had defied a High Court order.

The order, issued by Justice Jiten Singh, was to reinstate the suspended director of immigration, Eroni Luveniyali.

When lawyers for the PSC appeared in court yesterday to seek further clarification of the order, Justice Singh ruled that the order was clear.

Justice Singh said while the PSC had every right to lodge an appeal against it, until a decision is made the order has to be complied with.

Mr Luvenilayi's lawyer, Vijay Maharaj, says Mr Huggett, Mr Jale and Mr Lee have been summoned to appear before the High Court on Thursday to explain why they were not present yesterday.