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Nawaikula files Constitutional Redress case seeking that Bill 17 which was enacted into law be invalidated

Nawaikula files Constitutional Redress case seeking that Bill 17 which was enacted into law be invalidated

By Naveel Krishant
Thursday 30/09/2021
Sevuloni Valenitabua and SODELPA MP, Niko Nawaikula.

SODELPA MP, Niko Nawaikula has filed a constitutional redress proceeding in the High Court regarding the amendment to the iTaukei Land Trust Act or Bill 17, seeking that it be invalidated.

The case is against the government, the Attorney General and the iTaukei Land Trust Board.

Nawaikula is represented by Sevuloni Valenitabua, who says that Bill 17 which was later enacted into law was brought before parliament with no prior consultation.

Valenitabua says this is a breach of landowners human and indigenous rights.

SODELPA MP, Lynda Tabuya has also provided an affidavit in support of Nawaikula’s application.

Nazia Ali, who is representing the government and the Attorney General, has told the Court that they are seeking time to file their response.

Ali has also indicated that they will be considering a strike out application in the matter.

The case will be called again on the 16th of November.

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