Crime & Court

Chaudhry’s Appeal Hearing Date Soon

Chaudhry had objected on the security cost as he indicated it was excessive.
30 Aug 2019 17:26
Chaudhry’s Appeal Hearing Date Soon
New Zealand-based lawyer Rajendra Chaudhry.

New Zealand-based lawyer Rajendra Chaudhry’s appeal hearing date will be fixed next month.

The appeal against a conviction and sentence was called at the Court of Appeal before Judge Justice Suresh Chandra yesterday.

The matter was called to check on the security for costs.

Chaudhry’s lawyer Anand Singh told the court that $5000 was paid, however, the Chief Registrar had assessed the cost at $15,000.

Chaudhry had objected on the cost as he indicated it was excessive.

Justice Chandra has given time to both parties (Mr Singh – Chaudhry’s lawyer and Attorney-General’s Office) to file submissions on whether the $15,000 should stand as cost or should it be reduced to $5000.

Chaudhry was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment by the Civil High Court in May after he was convicted for making defamatory comments on Facebook against the former Chief Justice Anthony Gates, Judge Justice Yohan Liyanage, and the Fijian Judiciary as a whole between September and October, 2018.

On behalf of the Attorney-General, the Fijian Solicitor-General had filed a notice of motion on October 19, 2018, to seek the order of committal against Chaudhry for contempt of court and that he be committed to prison, be ordered to pay a fine and pay the costs of these proceedings on an indemnity basis.

He was also ordered to pay a fine in the sum of $50,000 within 28 days from the date of his sentence.

Chaudhry was also ordered to pay the cost of the application to strike out and the proceedings assessed in the sum of $10,000 to the Attorney-General within 30 days from his judgment dated April 4, this year.

The matter has been adjourned to October 14 to fix a hearing date.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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