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.