Fiji First Minister Parveen Bala and former Sagnam president Dorsami Naidu's bid to control TISI Sagnam has reached a despicable low with the pair resorting to using puppets and the police to disrupt the AGM where office bearers were supposed to have been elected.
Sources have revealed the disgruntled pair orchestrated the mayhem from Naidu’s Nadi office, just 500 metres from the venue where the AGM was being held, last Sunday.
They have also exposed the fact that the plan to disrupt the meeting so police had to be called in to stop it before elections could take place, was hatched on the eve of the AGM.
The key troublemakers have been named as one Govind Padiyachi, a high school assistant principal and a puppet of both Bala and Education Minister Mahendra Reddy, and one Yogesh Krishna, who is understood to be employed at the Education Ministry HQ.
Both were evicted by security officers, after which police led by the Divisional Police Commander Western and his Deputy, came in and called the meeting off.
Several have criticized the decision by senior police officers to stop the meeting and demand the permit – without discussing concerns with the TISI management – as heavy-handed and unnecessary.
The AGM had only one item on the agenda – election of office bearers – when police suddenly arrived. This is despite the fact that the High Court of Lautoka had ordered the AGM to be held on that day – August 28.
According to our sources, a few of the disruptive elements led by Govind Padiyachi were taken out of the meeting by security officers engaged by TISI. This happened in front of a few police officers, who stood by as were as the disgruntled few hurled abuse and questioned the authority of the executives.
They say when the last item on the agenda was announced, that is holding of elections, police suddenly appeared in large numbers and announced the meeting had been cancelled, ordering the more than 700 members to leave.
Police claim they stopped the meeting under the Public Order Amendment Decree. Yet our sources have established that under this Decree, a meeting of members only – as was the TISI AGM – does not require a permit.
Readers will recall that the struggle for control of TISI has been waging for some time and that the High Court at Lautoka had dissolved the ex-parte injunction/motion obtained by Bala (Sangam vice-president), lawyer Naidu and Avinesh Reddy, TISI Sangam vice-president Raja Kumaran and Parmesh Lingam.
The decision effectively meant that Bala, Naidu and co could not contest the TISI Sangam elections.
Yet, two days later, Bala who has been desperately trying to become the President of Sangam, and Naidu pulled the low down stunt to derail the AGM.