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The Singhs Will Not Be Able To Intervene In The CP-DPP Dispute

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The motion by the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mauritius Telecom and his wife to intervene as a party in the constitutional complaint lodged in the Supreme Court by the Commissioner of Police against the Director of Public Prosecutions has been rejected. Justice Denis Mootoo ruled on Wednesday that Sherry and Varsha Singh did not have a “personal, legitimate and sufficient interest” to justify their intervention in the constitutional complaint lodged by the CP against the DPP.

In its complaint, the CP argued that the DPP had encroached on its constitutional powers. It is therefore asking the Supreme Court to demarcate its territory with regard to the interim charges and bail of the defendants. Sherry and Varsha Singh have asked to be party because their names are mentioned in the CP complaint. They want to protect their rights and clarify constitutional issues relating to the criminal proceedings. The CP had opposed the couple’s request. So did the Financial Crimes Commission (FCC).

The judge noted that the CP’s complaint was not directed against the Singh couple and that the issues raised in CP’s complaint “do not directly affect the applicants at all”.

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