Court Orders Chaudhry 15 Months Behind Bars

Son of Former Prime Minister and famous Lawyer Rajendra Chaudhry has been sentenced to 15 months of imprisonment and $50,000 in fine after he was found in contempt of court for making remarks against the Fiji Judiciary.

Rajendra Chaudhry is the son of Former Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry.

Between September 3rd and 18th last year, Chaudhry had posted a range of scandalous, defamatory and derogatory comments against the Judiciary and its members on his Facebook page.

When the court sat on April 4th this year, Justice Kamal Kumar said that judicial officers and administrators are known by their name and face in a small jurisdiction like Fiji and as such, their ability to carry out their duties and judicial function should not be tarnished by comments like those posted by Chaudhry on his Facebook page.

Justice Kumar also then added that seventeen Facebook posts had Chief Justice’s picture while three posts had chief registrar’s picture.

During the sentence submissions on 26th April, 2019, the Attorney General’s Office seeked a $50,000 fine and a 3 years of imprisonment.

Today, Justice Kamal Kumar has issued a court order

Acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar has also ordered a bench warrant be issued against Chaudhry.

He has also been ordered to pay $3, 000 as the cost to the applicant.

Justice Kumar said that Chaudhry showed no remorse for his action and that his comments against the judiciary was unwarranted and scandalous.

Mr Chaudhry resides in New Zealand.

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