Civil Court uphold right of Center Enterprises to seek compensation from ACC

The Civil Court has decided that the Center Enterprises Company has the right to file a lawsuit against the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

The company initially sued the ACC following allegations made by the ACC that the company had defrauded money from Maldives Ports Limited (MPL) over a project concerning the supply of a cargo boat to MPL.

The Civil Court decision came after the commission disputed that the company could sue it, as the commission had the authority to halt the business transaction.

The company has claimed that the ACC’s allegations had made the banks lose trust in the company, which had affected some of the contracts and business transactions of the company.

The Center Enterprises Company is demanding the ACC pay MVR 74 million (US$4.8 million) in compensation for the losses caused by the allegations.

The Civil Court stated that Center Enterprises had said the lawsuit was not based on the fact that the ACC had ordered the MPL to halt the project, but was rather based on the allegations made by ACC through local media without referring to a letter sent to the ACC by MPL, reportedly vindicating the company.