Malé, Maldives – An assessment made by Auditor Generals Office (AGO) has revealed that maximum amount which would need to be paid to Mandhu College as a compensation for cancelling the agreement to lease Malé English School (MES) building and taking it from Mandhu College in 2015 should be MVR 1.5 million.
The report which has also been received by ‘The Times of Addu’ reveals that Auditor Generals Office had done an assessment of the maximum compensation which might need to be be given to Mandhu College upon the request of Education Ministry in 2020.
The report which is dated to September 20, 2020 stated that the compensation which would be required to pay by the government to Mandhu College would be between MVR 1,279,621 and MVR 1,581,475.
Auditor Generals Office also revealed that the government had already paid Mandhu College a total of MVR 4,697,308 previously for various claims by Malé High Pvt Ltd which operates Mandhu College.
This comes while Civil Court had ordered Government of Maldives to pay MVR 15 million to Mandhu College as a compensation for cancelling the agreement to lease Malé English School (MES) building and taking it from Mandhu College in 2015 on April 22, 2021.
Malé English School (MES) building was taken from Malé High Private Limited which operates Mandhu College by the government stating that Malé High Pvt Ltd was not operating an international school as per the initial agreement made between the company and the government.
While both High Court and Supreme Court had ruled that the government had annulled the contract unlawfully and that Malé High Pvt Ltd could file a separate case for compensation for cancellation of the agreement. Malé High Pvt Ltd sued the government for MVR 18 million initially to which government had agreed Ed to pay MVR 15 million during the dispute resolution stage.
After both parties had agreed on the MVR 15 million compensation, according to Mandhu College, this figure is the amount of expenses incurred by the college in getting a new place to run Mandhu College.
While the founder and chairman of Mandhu college is also the elder brother of Economic Minister Fayyaz, after this administration took office, several companies have been given compensation for contracts and projects which were annulled during the previous administration. These mainly include companies of people related to higher ups of the current administration.