Chaudhry Junior is in Australia, having caught the flight out of Nadi more than a week ago. He has not returned to the country.
On Friday, the media reported police were looking to question a lawyer after an Indian national alleged she was raped by the lawyer. Police sources have since confirmed to Coupfourpointfive the lawyer is Rajendra Chaudhry.
We can also confirm the following:
1) Earlier this year, the woman, in her early 20's and a man (both Indian nationals) were arrested at Nadi Airport after allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into the country.
2) The woman, who we will not name, was advised to get a lawyer. She ended up getting the legal services of Rajendra Chaudhry. The other Indian national (a man) is being represented by a Western Division based lawyer.
3) When the woman appeared in Court, Rajendra Chaudhry offered himself as the surety to secure bail for her, although it is highly unusual for a lawyer to do this. He also agreed to provide her with accommodation.
4) The woman has since alleged to police, and even the Indian High Commission, she was raped by Rajendra Chaudhry. The details of the allegations will not be revealed at this time.
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Last week, the Suva High Court judge Priyantha Fernando told Valenitabua it was a high court and not a market when he applied for Chaudhry to be excused as defence counsel in a murder trial, just before the trial proper (Fiji Times).
The allegations against Chaudhry Junior means both father and son are now facing criminal charges. Former prime minister and Fiji Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, is of course facing 12 charges including those of money laundering over the AUD$2 million he is keeping in Australia. His son, who was defending him, is now wanted by police for alleged rape.