The Inquirer (Monrovia)

10 January 2013

Liberia: Crucial Evidence Submitted in Indian Consul Case

The case involving Madam Bendu Fatamata Dukuly and two Indian nationals continued yesterday with the lawyers for the petitioner submitting hospital records, photographs and an Indian newspaper to the court as evidence.

The submission of the evidences presented to the Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice could be crucial in the outcome of the case as the hospital records which were signed in India by the petitioner, places her in that country at a time wherein lawyers for the respondent alleged that she signed a receipt for money for a lease agreement.

Madam Dukuly on direct examination the second day said that because the two Indian men deceived her in a lease agreement she prayed that the court would cancel the agreement and have the house restored to conditions prior to the agreement.

Photographs presented to the court by the defense of the petitioner confirms that both the respondent and the petitioner are familiar with one another while a news clipping from a newspaper in India illustrates that indeed the petitioner was in India at a particular time to undergo surgery.

The petitioner in open court alleged that on March 1, 2012 she signed a lease agreement with an Indian National Paul Raspal on behalf of his son; however sometime later it was revealed to her that the name on the agreement Upjit Singh Sachdeva was not his son's name. According to Madam Dukuly she never knew that Upjit Singh Sachdeva is actually known as Jeety in Liberia, therefore because she had earlier in prior years refused to lease the property in question to Jeety she wants the lease agreement annulled based on fraudulent misrepresentation. The case has been adjourned for today in the Civil Law Court at 2p.m.

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