VNPF GM Achary. Photo: File

The General Manager (GM) of the Vanuatu National Provident Fund (VNPF), Parmod Achary, is currently facing a number of counts on charges of Act of Indecency without Consent, contrary to section 98 (a) (i) of the Penal Code.

Achary appeared before the Magistrates Court yesterday, after he was arrested over the weekend and cautioned by Police.

It is alleged that sometime between 2020 and 2021 on several occasions, the GM of VNPF harassed three of his female staff.

Achary was allowed bail, but on conditions that he must not interfere with Prosecution witnesses, directly or indirectly, and be restrained from entering the VNPF building at Port Vila until further orders of the Court.

He is also prohibited from leaving Efate for any work-related purposes, and must reside at his residence.

The VNPF GM is warned that if he breached his bail conditions, he would be arrested.

Achary will appear before the Magistrates Court for his Preliminary Inquiry hearing on March 22, 2022.