PSM appeals ruling in MVR 3.3M lawsuit lost to private contractor

Building where Public Service Media's radio station, Dhivehi Raajjeyge Adu is located. (File Photo/PSM)

Public Service Media (PSM) has appealed the court order to settle MVR 3.3 million in outstanding bills to private contractor JMJ Investment for renovation of its radio building with the Supreme Court.

The lawsuit was filed by JMJ’s owner Yasira Yoosuf (Hulhumale’ 111-2-02) claiming PSM failed to pay for invoices sent after renovation of the radio building.

The Civil Court ruled in favor of Yasira in 2021. The ruling was later upheld upon appeal by the High Court.

PSM has now appealed the High Court’s decision with the Supreme Court. However, its is unclear if the appeal has been registered with the court.

At the Civil Court, PSM’s lawyers said that while the work stated in the invoices was done, there wasn’t any paperwork establishing the work was carried out by JMJ. PSM also said that the rates in the invoices were far higher than the rate normally charged for similar work.

PSM agreed to engage in talks and reach a mutually agreeable settlement if it was proven in court that the work was undertaken by JMJ.

Two witnesses testified on behalf of JMJ that the work was carried out by the company.

After the witnesses presented their testimony, PSM said that they now accepted that the work was carried out by JMJ, but disagreed about the rates.

The Civil Court ruled on October 31, 2021, that witness testimony and PSM’s own admission proved JMJ conducted work on the radio building.

The court said that major renovation of a building could not have been carried out without the consent of the party in charge of the building, and it was unlikely a project of that scale could have been conducted free of charge.

PSM was ordered to settle the MVR 3.3 million within four months.