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Suren Dayal Obtained The Final Leave Of The Supreme Court To Appeal To The Privy Council

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On Monday, Chief Justice Bibi Rehana Mungly-Gulbul granted final leave to Suren Dayal to appeal the decision of the Supreme Court to reject his election petition. Dayal will be represented before the Privy Council by Robin Ramburn, Senior Counsel and Timothy Straker, King’s Counsel. In his application to the Privy Council, Suren Dayal made several points. Among which, he believes the Supreme Court “got it wrong” when it ruled that Pravind Jugnauth’s pre-election promises on increasing the old age pension cannot amount to electoral bribery.

On 12 August 2022, Justices David Chan Kan Cheong and Karuna Devi Gunesh-Balaghee ruled that Suren Dayal failed to prove the truth of his allegations against Pravind Jugnauth and his running matesL, Devi Dookun-Luchoomun and Yogida Sawmynaden. The defeated 7 November 2019 parliamentary candidate then filed a motion in the Supreme Court, seeking leave to appeal to the Privy Council. After this stage, he had three months to finalize the procedures, including paying a bail of Rs 150,000 and sending his case to London, among others. On 12 September 2022, Suren Dayal was granted leave to appeal to the Privy Council against the 12 August judgment.

All these conditions have been met, his lawyers said on Monday. Suren Dayal thus got the final leave to appeal to the Privy Council. He is contesting the results of 2019 elections in Constituency no 8.

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