The case was adjourned to 12 September. Yogida Sawmynaden made a brief appearance in the Port Louis Magistrates’ Court on Monday morning in the Constituency Clerk case. The lawyer for the former minister, Raoulf Gulbul, asked for the case to be adjourned because he said he was waiting to receive documents from the opposing party. This request was not contested by the representative of the DPP’s office, Azam Neerooa. The case was therefore adjourned to Tuesday 12 September. The prosecution file will be transferred to Mr Gulbul, said Mr Anoop Goodary, briefing watch for Mrs Simla Kistnen. He added that a panel of lawyers was closely monitoring the case to ensure that justice was done. Simla Kistnen, for her part, wants justice to be done. She says she has been waiting for more than two years.
Yogida Sawmynaden faces two charges: falsification of documents and forgery. The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions brought these two charges against him on 21 July.
Simla Kistnen alleges that the former minister recorded her as his Constituency Clerk without her knowledge. This would have caused her prejudice, as the Mauritius Revenue Authority concluded that she was not eligible to receive the Self-Employed Assistance Scheme during the pandemic.