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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Mahendra Chaudhry's brother commits suicide

The younger brother of the Fiji Labour Party Leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, has committed suicide.

Sources say Ravindra Pal (RP Chaudhry) drank the weedkiller, paraquat, at the home of former Nasinu Mayor, Rajeshwar Kumar, today.

RP Chaudhry hit the headlines last year when he appeared in court for assault and was granted bail after being remanded in custody.

According to sources, he was deported from America where he had been living for a number of years. While applying for bail, he told the court he was the brother of Mahendra Chaudhry, Fiji's interim Finance and Sugar minister at the time.

But despite this claim and similar facial features, the Labour Leader has publicly disowned RP, denying the family link.

After being released on bail, RP Chaudhry stayed with Mahendra Chaudhry's cousin in Drasa/Vitogo, Lautoka. Sources claim the move was arranged by Mahendra Chaudhry.

RP was staying at the home of former Nasinu mayor Rajeshwar Kumar, at the time of his suicide. It's understood he was paying rent and that the accomodation was arranged by Mahendra Chaudhry’s eldest son, the Suva lawyer, Rajendra Chaudhry.

Sources claim Kumar told RP Chaudhry that he was going to increase the rent for the room and that he was upset.

Coupfourpointfive has been told Mahendra Chaudhry’s family, especially his uncles, are angry the Labour Leader failed to support his brother, even though he is understood to have two million dollars tucked away in Australian bank accounts.

The offshore accounts were revealed by the Fiji Times and Fiji Sun in February last year.

It's widely believed the revelation of Chaudhry's secret stash led to the deportation of firstly Fiji Sun publisher, Russell Hunter in February and then Evan Hannah of the Fiji Times at the beginning of May 2008.

Both publishers were accused of undermining the interim government with biased coverage.


Corruption Fighter said...

This is one of the saddest stories you will hear this year. It reminds us of the many Indo-Fijijans who face hardship without the benefit of affirmative action programmes.

I have to say I haven't ever opposed "affirmative action" for Fijians as a principle, only the practice of it. I know the disadvantages a great number of Fijians face in remote villages with no electricity where access to education means children have to be sent away to other places. But when I
see the sons and daughters of the privileged minority cashing in on such programmes I feel to sick.

And I also know that other communities have their own obstacles. In a Fijian village, wherever it might be, there is always "another way", an escape route. The wider family networks that are decried as a heavy weight on Fijian progress in the business are also a safety net which catches
so many individuals who would otherwise crash hard.

I'm not going to blame MPC for the death of his brother. I know I don't have the facts to do that. Nor will I blame the affirmative action programmes of the SDL.

All I want to say here is that I do not think for a second that our Military Dictator will have even a nanosecond to spare for MPC's brother.

Anonymous said...

"Sources claim Kumar told RP Chaudhry that he was going to increase the rent for the room and that he was upset. "Isn't there a freeze on residential rentals until December this year?

Keep The Faith said...

@ Anon 4:46pm: Who would police that right now?

I think the military regime have simply too much on their plate - keeping the armed bandits up @ QEB happy, keeping the economy humming (but failing), keeping media censorship going, keeping groups apart so that they're not talking about all the shit happening, keeping gospel crusades going, keeping their military out of jail, keeping an eye on ALL legal practitioners, keeping internet cafes scrutinised, (trying) to keep up to speed with their military intelligence...etc etc

They are basically going to kill themselves in the next couple of mths (there's 3000 or so of them and 780K of us to police) and they're STILL not be able to monitor residential rentals ;)