AG’s Chamber request for custodial sentence for Rajendra Chaudhry
April 25, 2019 5:20 pm
The AG’s chamber has requested for a three-year custodial sentence and a $50,000 fine for lawyer Rajendra Chaudhary.
Chaudhary who was found guilty of contempt of court earlier this month.
The lawyer representing the AG’s chambers said that a custodial sentence must be imposed against Chaudhry to reflect the seriousness of the contempt.
She also said that the sentence must also act as a deterrent and that no remorse was shown by Chaudhry
The court heard that between September 3rd and 18th last year, Chaudhry posted a range of scandalous, defamatory and derogatory comments against the Judiciary and its members on his Facebook page.
The High court Judge had earlier 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.
The Judge added the courts should not hesitate to safeguard their integrity and dignity from such unscrupulous attacks whether made by residents or non-residents.
Rajendra Chaudhry’s lawyer said their main contention for argument is a jurisdiction issue and his client, who resides in New Zealand, does not wish to say anything.
The court will deliver its sentence on notice after May 10th.