The DPP, Senior Counsel Satyajit Boolell, has contested the decision of the government dated back to the 27th of February to place his office under the authority of the Attorney General Ravi Yerrigadoo. He has mentioned a number of issues in his complaint.
On the 20th of March, Senior Counsel Satyajit Boolell lodged a complaint at the Supreme Court against the decision of the government which he considers to be “unconstitutional”. He is arguing that according to the article 72 of the Constitution, the DPP is supposed to be independent and hence not under the office of the Attorney General.
Furthermore, he has stated in his complaint that the decision in question was taken without consulting him in advance and that he was only confronted with it when everything was final.
Another decision has allegedly been taken: the budget of the DPP will now be included as an item falling under the control of the Attorney General. This was announced to Satyajit Boolell on the 13th of February during a meeting at the office of the Attorney General. He said that he had then written a letter to the latter to express his concern over the decision but which, according to him, has not been responded to.
Satyajit Boolell also mentioned “personal attacks” from some members of the current government against him; he spoke of statements made to the press and at the National Assembly.
Satyajit Boolell has also pointed out that in the course of his duties as DPP he has had to pursue cases involving a number of high-ranking officials of the current government namely Pravind Jugnauth over the Medpoint affair, the vice-PM and Minister of Land and Housing, Showkutally Soodhun, and the Chief of Staff at the office of the PM, Prakash Maunthrooa.