Former Labour Education Minister Rajesh Jeetah was charged with a provisional charge of “false and malicious denunciation in writing” at Rose Hill Magistrates’ Court on Thursday morning, September 21. Rajesh Jeetah, 61, of Sodnac, Quatre Bornes, was arrested on Tuesday September 19 following a police investigation at Barkly Police Station, Beau Bassin, into an accident involving his Ford Ranger 4×4 on March 7, 2023. However, he was allowed to leave on the orders of Assistant Superintendent of Police Pascal Pulcherie. The accident is said to have occurred in the garden of Mée Le Bosquet in Barkly, Beau Bassin. Investigators found no evidence of impact with a tree in an orchard. Technicians from the Scene Of Crime Office (Soco) also confirmed the investigators’ version.
Sergeant Ecroignard entered Barkly police station late on the afternoon of Monday September 18 for “false and malicious denunciation in writing” against Rajesh Jeetah, who had stated in a deposition (O.B 189/23) made on the afternoon of March 7 that his vehicle had hit some trees while he was reversing in his orchard in Barkly. His vehicle was damaged.
L’inspectrice de police, Singaravaloo et le constable Munigadu se rendus cet endroit sur les instructions du chef inspecteur, Rajesh Moorghen pour examiner le lieu.
Rajesh Jeetah was to report that his vehicle had hit some jackfruit trees. The police found no trace of debris. It was then that elements of Soco arrived at the scene. Avant l’arrivée de l’équipe l’ancien was informed that this case was doubtful, he had no debris or traces impacts on trees. He had been informed that he could be arrested and prosecuted for making false statements after obtaining the Soco report.
The former minister has been allowed to return home, but will have to make himself available to the police when summoned. His vehicle has been detained at the police station for further examination.