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Supreme Court Does Not Authorise Ramgoolam To Appeal To The Privy Council

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The Labour Party leader was seeking the Supreme Court’s permission to appeal to the Privy Council to challenge a Supreme Court verdict dated 30 August 2022, ordering he faces a new trial before the Financial Crimes Division (FCD) of the Intermediate Court. His application was dismissed on Wednesday 8 January 2023 by Justices Iqbal Maghooa and Patrick Kam Sing.

The judges upheld the objections the state raised, arguing that the Supreme Court judgment is not a final decision and thus cannot be appealed. The former Prime Minister, Navin Ramgoolam, is facing twenty-three charges of paying cash in excess of the limit before the Financial Crimes Division. This is for accepting Rs 63.8 million in cash over six years, from 31 January 2009 to 7 February 2015.

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