Male’ High Private Limited, the company that operates Mandhu College, has received MVR 15 million in compensation from the state, according to the finance ministry.
A finance ministry media official stated that the government has paid the required amount in response to the Civil Court’s April 15 judgment that the government pay the compensation sum within a month.
Mandhu College was awarded the Malé English School (MES) building by the Education Ministry to run an international high school for a period of ten years in 2008.
Yameen’s administration took over the MES building from Malé High Private Limited, claiming that Malé High was not operating an international school as agreed between the company and the government.
Male’ High submitted the case to the Civil Court in 2016 requesting damages and legal fees as compensation. The Civil Court initially ruled in favor of the government, in turn, Mandhu College submitted an appeal to the High Court requesting to revise the decision made by the Civil Court.
The High Court ruled in favor of the College after the appeal stating that the agreement was terminated unlawfully and that it could claim compensation against the government.
The case was again appealed to the Supreme Court which upheld the previous verdict of the High Court. Supreme Court stated that the government had not been able to prove that the school was not operating as per the agreement and the decision to close down the school was not based on any real evidence.
Following the Supreme Court decision in favor of Male’ High. The company then filed a case with the Civil Court, suing the State for MVR 18 million in compensation, which was later decreased to MVR 15 million during dispute settlement.