“The truth has triumphed,” declared Yogida Sawmynaden as she left the Intermediate Court this Thursday, May 30. The former minister was found not guilty in the so-called “Constituency Clerk” case. Yogida Sawmynaden says he is “relieved”. “I believed in God all the time, in my prayers. The truth has triumphed. I thank the judiciary for listening to the case and rendering the necessary judgment,” says Yogida Sawmynaden.

The former minister emphasizes that his constituents supported him 100%, without forgetting the support of the Prime Minister, Pravind Jugnauth, and his wife. “Despite all kinds of 'zett labou' campaigns against me, I remained standing and I remained straight because my conscience was clear. (…) The judgment was very clear. Today we see who is telling the truth and who is lying. Be aster Bondie iron so work,” emphasizes Yogida Sawmynaden. Watch his full statement in the attached video.

Aged 47, the MSM MP faced two charges: “forgery of private writing” and “making use of forged private writing” under articles 111 and 112 of the Penal Code. These offenses, according to the Prosecution, were allegedly committed on January 28, 2020 at his office in Ébène. He is accused of having drawn up a false declaration, following the complaint of Sakuntala (Simla) Kistnen who claimed to have been deprived of financial assistance from the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The former minister had pleaded not guilty. During his pleading, Raouf Gulbul, Yogida Sawmynaden's lawyer, emphasized that there was no fraudulent intention, because the element of forgery has not been established. He also cited inconsistencies in Simla Kistnen's testimony, while relying on his client's version. For him, the two accusations against Yogida Sawmynaden must be struck out.

As for Me Darshana Gayan, Senior Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions, she had, in her indictment, maintained that the accusations against the former minister have been proven. For her, Simla Kistnen is a truthful witness and there is a “strong prima facie case” against Yogida Sawmynaden given that the elements of forgery and use of forgery have been established. She had thus demanded a guilty verdict against the former Minister of Commerce.

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