The lawyer, Anand Singh - the former Attorney-General in Mahendra Chaudhry’s Fiji Labour Party led coalition government between May 1999 and May 2000 - has been sacked as the lawyer for Natadola Bay Resorts Limited (NBRL).
NBRL is a subsidiary of Fiji National Provident Fund. The NBRL chairman, Felix Anthony, lost his position last week after the FNPF board was axed by the interim regime.
Sources say the decision to terminate Singh was made by the new FNPF chairman, John Prasad. Singh was hired by NBRL more than a year ago. His legal consultancy was believed to be worth more than a quarter million dollars a year.
Coupfourpointfive has been told Singh was even given prime office space in the FNPF headquarters, Downtown Boulevard, to run his legal consultancy. He hired Anit Singh as his office manager. Anit Singh is the brother-in-law of Shameem sisters, Shaista and Nazhat, having married their younger sister.
After the May 2000 coup, he assisted Shaista in her capacity as director of Fiji Human Rights Commission to set up a refugee camp at Girmit Centre in Lautoka city, that housed farmers from Muaniweni and Dawasamu terrorised during the 2006 coup.
Between 2001 and until the 2006 elections, Anand Singh was a Labour Party senator and legal advisor to FLP.