Fiji Sugar Ministry Orders Investigation In Former Sugar Corporation Chairman

Khan alleged to have abuse his office for personal benefit

By Felix Chaudhary

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Nov. 24, 2016) – The Sugar Ministry has ordered an investigation into allegations that former Fiji Sugar Corporation executive chairman Abdul Khan may have abused his office for personal benefit, ministry's permanent secretary Yogesh Karan confirmed.

"The allegations, which have been raised against the former executive chairman and CEO, will be investigated," he said.

"I have referred the allegations to the various agencies concerned for investigations to be launched."

When contacted yesterday, Mr Khan said carrying out investigations into any claims of misconduct was the Sugar Ministry's prerogative.

"There have been allegations made against me and if they feel it is appropriate that they should carry out investigations during my term as executive chairman and CEO, then it is their call," he said.

Mr Khan maintained his company — AJYNK — did not benefit financially or otherwise in the five years he was at the helm of the miller.

The National Farmers Union claimed that during his five-year term as executive chairman of the FSC, Mr Khan had used his position as executive chairman and financially benefited from commission and consultancy payments from a number of overseas firms for work done for the miller by his company AJYNK Ltd.

In a series of letters to the Prime Minister's Office earlier this year, NFU general secretary and former prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry claimed that apart from the suspicious nature of payments made by companies in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and China to AJYNK, there was also the issue of the $2.4 million paid out in directors fees from 2012 to 2014.

"This is indeed good news and a positive sign that Government is taking the matter seriously," Mr Chaudhry said.

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