Fijileaks had agreed to a TRUCE after Sharma had promised to give a chronology of events leading to him not being re-appointed Health Minister! He was allegedly stepping on too many toes, including Punja and CJ Patel and fizzy drink manufacturers; he was asking them to comply with food requirements like salt etc in their snacks, noodles-the power game came in; he claims big business forced Khaiyum not to re-appoint him as Health Minister. Sharma asked Khaiyum to explain, and all Khaiyum said was there was something better for Sharma! Now, we reveal others who were implicated in FICAC file!
Fijileaks will release the entire 52-page FICAC Investigation if Khaiyum continues to shield Dr Neil Sharma, the former Health Minister; and get ready for USPGate after FNUGate!
"Our preliminary investigations has found that Dr. Neil Sharma, Mr. Vashu Devan and Mr. Arveen Chandra have misled the Acting Prime Minister/ Prime Minister (Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum) and engaged in corrupt conduct in relation to their manipulation of tender process in order to ensure that the tender is awarded to Mr. Vashu Devan’s Company" -
FICAC FINDINGS, Jan-March 2012
WITH SHARMA IN IMMIGRATION CERTIFICATE SCAM
Email message analysis further reveals that one Dr. Aabha (Abha, Chief Medical Officer in Pathology, Labasa Hospital) Gupta and Dr. Devina Nand on the directive of the Minister (Dr Neil Sharma) were also being part of providing data on reagents and assisting Mr. Vashu with his immigration certificate. Dr. Gupta in her email dated November 29, 2011 requests Mr. Vashu to Quote “Please make correction in the report for the year 2012 instead of 2020. Thanks to Arvin Chandra (VenMed, Labasa) as some statistics were taken from his report on Sub divisional labs” Unquote. The sequence of events unfolds that Dr. Gupta assisted Mr. Vashu with the stats to compile the figure for six month estimate and provide costs after the close of tender.
Dr. Aabha Gupta in her capacity as a pathologist had no jurisdiction to release any statistics to Mr. Vashu. Requests and release of confidential data to a third party would in normal circumstances be referred to National Consultant who at the time was Dr. Eka Buadromo.
It is further established that Dr. Aabha Gupta’s statistics did not correlate with the Lab records of CWM. Witness to the above statement is Mrs. Ana Veiqaravi and M/S Nanise. Upon Mr. Vashu Devan forwarding the statistics to FPBS, M/S Nehal Kapadia referred it to The Lab Superintendent for validation. The statistics were disputed and found to be incorrect. Dr. Aabha Gupta must be answerable for providing wrong confidential data.
On 20th October, 2011 The Attorney General and Acting Minister for Finance (AIYAZ SAYED KHAIYUM) approves the waiver.
Mr. Vashu Devan also has a Fiji based registered company “Pacific Biomedical Electronics Limited” which was registered on 15th Day of April, 2011. (Refer Appendix 3.1)
Immigration search revealed that Mr. Vashu Devan is not a holder of dual citizenship. (Refer Appendix 3.2) Scrutiny of the company registration documents reveals that Mr. Vashu Devan used his Fijian birth certificate as his evidence of identity. It is indicative that Mr. Vashu Devan concealed his identity of being a New Zealand resident to avoid FTIB and RBF vetting and approval. Concealing identity and/or being a foreign national, is making false declaration to the Ministry of Justice
It is further noted that Mr. Vashu Devan requests the Honorable Minister via email dated Wednesday, 30th November, 2011 to arrange issuance of certificate from Immigration Department and quotes his file number as IM/CT/190-11. Mr. Vashu further states that his family and kids are in Fiji now and wants to arrange school for them for year 2012. (Refer Appendix 3.2.1)
Furthermore, there is no justification whatsoever for the minister to request waiver for almost all the procurement. Waiver application is for emergency only where life and death is at stake or there is absolute urgency for infrastructure development. (Refer Appendix 4) section 26 (1)(2) (3) (4) 30(1) 32 (1)(2)(3)(4), (4) 47, and 48(1)(2)(3)(4) of the Procurement Regulation. A classic example is CTN 153/2011 and CTN 66/2011.