The chairman of the Auckland based Fiji Indian Human Rights group is a close ally of interim prime minister Frank Bainimarama.
He is also the brother of the re-instated chief executive of the Fiji Investment Corporation.
Coupfourpointfive has been told that Santa Maharaj is in daily contact with Bainimarama via emails and telephone.
Sources say he also converses daily with Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum and the permanent secretary for Public Service Commission Parmesh Chand.
Maharaj was influential in setting up fundraising activities in NZ and India for Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry.
Sources say Santa Maharaj knows that Chaudhry, who has $2 million stashed in Australia, raised the money in Haryana in the name of the poor evicted farmers and underprivileged Indians of Fiji after the 2000 coup.
Coupfourpointfive has been told that Santa Maharaj wrote to the interim regime last year seeking funds for his Human Rights Group as well as for farmers of Muaniweni, Naitasiri. These farmers were fooled into taking refugee status at the Girmit Centre in Lautoka following the 2000 coup.
Sources say the camp was established with the help of the then Fiji Human Rights Commission boss Shaista Shameem.
In his letters to the regime last year, Maharaj stated that the regime had to compensate the farmers of Muaniweni for the losses they suffered following the 2000 coup. He said his organisation needed to be compensated too for expenses it incurred while looking after the farmers and their families at the Girmit Centre.
Santa Maharaj was seeking a sum of $1.5 million that was not allocated in the 2009 budget by Bainimarama.
Sources say after falling out of favour with Mahendra Chaudhry, he courted Frank Bainimarama and has been successful in overcoming the first hurdle by getting his brother re-instated that was terminated by Bainimarama two and half years ago.