The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) defends his decision to contest the judgement pronounced in the favour of Pravind Jugnauth in the Medpoint affair.
According to DPP Satyajit Boolell, the matter is “of great general public importance to the future administration of justice in Mauritius”, reports L’Express.mu. He explains his decision to contest the verdict pronounced in the favour of Pravind Jugnauth with a number of arguments that revolve around “criminal intent”, “personal interest”, and “conflict of interests”.
He mentions the Prevention of Corruption Act, which dictates that “where a public official or a relative or associate of his has a personal interest in a decision which a public body is to take, that public official shall not vote or take part in any proceedings of that public body relating to such decision“.
He also wants to find out whether the ruling of the Supreme Court is correct: did the matter entailing the allocation of a public organisation to a private company in which a close relative of an official of the State holds shares involve conflict of interest or not?