The Attorney General’s Office has filed a Civil Court case to recover a sum of MVR 29 million paid in advance to SJ Construction Private Limited for the development of Zikra Mosque.
The case was filed on April 26 and was admitted by the Civil Court, according to the Attorney General’s Office.
The Parliamentary Committee on Public Accounts had recommended that the Attorney General’s Office and the Ministry of Islamic Affairs lay out the steps necessary to recoup the project’s advance payment.
Under the previous administration, SJ Construction was contracted to construct the 10-story building in 2018 with an estimated cost of MVR 130 million.
Then-President Yameen’s administration had made an advance payment of MVR 29 million for the project. A report from the Auditor General’s Office also revealed that the project’s contract included acts of corruption.
However, the contract was later terminated after the company failed to meet the 25-month deadline.
Following that, SJ Construction filed an appeal with the Civil Court, requesting MVR 108 million in compensation for alleged damages sustained during the project. The Civil Court, however, ruled that SJ Construction had failed to follow the terms of the agreement and was thus ineligible for compensation.