The son of the leader of the Fiji Labour Party could be getting a start in politics sooner rather than later after being suspended today from practising law for the next five years.
Rajendra Chaudhry and fellow Suva lawyer, Kini Maraiwai, were both suspended after being found guilty recently by the Independent Legal Services Commission of breaching protocol.
Chaudhry was found guilty of one count of professional misconduct and one count of unsatisfactory professional conduct: Maraiwai of two counts of unsatisfactory professional conduct and one count of professional misconduct.
Justice Paul Madigan ruled Chaudhry be suspended until March the 1st in 2017, that he also be publicly reprimanded and pay costs of $1,000.
Madigan also ruled Chaudhry only be recertified by the Chief Registrar after proving he has undertaken five hours of training in legal ethics by an acceptable institution or a tutor.
He has however allowed Chaudhry to practice until october the 26th but ordered he is not allowed to reappear in court, or accept any new instructions from existing or new clients.
Kini Maraiwai's four year suspension was immediate with immediate with Madigan also ordering he be publicly reprimanded and also pay costs $1,000.
Madigan also rueld that like Chaudhry, Maraiwai only be recertified by the Chief Registrar on of having undertaken five hours of training in legal ethics.
Both Chaudhry and Maraiwa's charges relate to the Indian national, Muskan Balaggan, who was convicted of drug smuggling and whom Chaudhry was accused of having sex with.
Sources say Rajendra Chaudhry is being groomed to take over from his father, Mahendra Chaudhry, who is alo facing charges relating to breaches of the Exchange Control Act.
Chaudhry Jnr was apparently annointed successor at a recent delegates meeting which FTUC national secretary Felix Anthony and supporters say voting was stitched up by the two Chaudhry's.
Following a statement denouncing FLP, Anthony and FTUC have since left FLP saying the party no longer represents workers and is caught up in a “quagmire of deceit, dishonesty and hypocrisy.”