Mahendra Chaudhry and five others charged with one count of unlawful assembly under the Public Emergency Regulation, have pleaded not guilty in the Rakiraki Magistrates Court today.
A new magistrate, Usaia Ratuvili, presided over the case after Tavua Magistrate Faizal Koya excused himself on Monday saying he was a close associate of Chaudhry's.
The five were defended by Rajendra Chaudhry.
The case has been adjourned to November 11.
Until then, Chaudhry is under surveillance and has to report to a police station near him once a week.
If found guilty, Chaudhry could be fined $1000 or two years imprisonment, or both.