Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Pal Chaudhry has publicly admitted that Ravindra Pal Chaudhry was his younger brother.
Ravindra was cremated on Saturday at the Vatuwaqa crematorium. His final journey started from M P Chaudhry’s home at Hutson Street in Suva Point.
His admission comes 15 months after Ravindra told the Lautoka Magistrates Court that Mahendra Chaudhry was his elder brother.
Mahendra Chaudhry who was then the interim Finance and Sugar Minister, described by Frank Bainimarama as Robin Hood who would help the poor, vehemently denied he knew anyone by the name of Ravindra Pal Chaudhry and accused both Ravindra and the media of trying to tarnish his reputation and image.
At that time he also claimed this was a smear campaign against him by his detractors.
However, on Friday, three days after Ravindra died, a death announcement was made by the Hindi Radio stations for the first time.
On Tuesday Coupfourpointfive exclusively reported the tragedy after he drank paraquat at the home of former Nasinu mayor Rajeshwar Kumar.
Coupfourpointfive has been inaundated with comments since the story was published. However, given the nature of some of the comments against Mahendra Chaudhry, the team decided not to publish them.
Sources close to the tragedy say following our exclusive report, Mahendra Chaudhry received calls from his relatives to admit Ravindra was his brother and give him proper funeral rites.
The announcement on Friday morning on Radio Sargam (translated into English) was:
“It is with deep sadness that we announce that a son of late Ram Gopal Chaudhry of Tavua and brother of Fiji Labour Party leader and former (interim) Minister Mahendra Pal Chaudhry, former resident of California USA, Ravindra Pal Chaudhry died at CWM Hospital on Tuesday. The funeral cortege will depart Mahendra Chaudhry’s residence at Hutson Street for Ravindra’s cremation at 1pm at Vatuwaqa crematorium on Saturday."