"His [Mahendra Chaudhry's] grounds of application are that: (1) the applicant is "informed" that I attended a workshop conducted by the DPP from 16 - 23 July 2010 where these proceedings were "exhaustively discussed" and where I made the suggestion that a schedule of the applicant's bank accounts be attached to the information...He then goes on to say that these "facts" have been confirmed to him by a former senior member of the DPP's office. (2) the applicant "understands and believes to be common knowledge" that I have in the past "socialized" with the Prosecutor in the proceedings, one Mr. Clive Grossman, and have previously had a working relationship with Mr. Grossman's Junior Counsel, Ms. Elizabeth Yang...It is unfortunate that these hearsay allegations are not supported by evidence, for example by an affidavit of the "former senior member" of staff. The reason why, undoubtedly, is that the allegations are mendacious, perfidious and malicious and s/he would not want to perjure h/self. I have never discussed the applicant's charges with any member of the office of the DPP outside of the Courtroom, let alone made suggestions as to the composition of the Information, which would be unthinkable for a criminal Judge." - Justice Paul Madigan, 18 September 2103, while dismissing Mahendra Chaudhry's recusal application
By Fijileaks Insight Team
The tug-of-war between the Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Pal Chaudhry and Justice Paul Madigan for the judge to recuse himself from presiding over Chaudhry's tax case takes a dramatic twist.
The Chaudhrys have given Fijileaks confidential documents from DDPs Office (Prosecution Brief), affidavits, and letters which seem to support their alleged claim that Madigan was intimately involved behind the scenes in framing the tax charges against Chaudhry.
They claim that their key informant in this matter is the former DPP prosecutor WASU PILLAY, now in private practice with Gordon Lawyers. Pillay is yet to reply to Fijileaks despite our numerous requests for comments.
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" I was informed and so believe that the charges I face/d were the subject of a DPP workshop, which was organized prior to my being charged, around 16-23 July 2010, by Ms Nazhat Shameem, a former judge who was then reportedly a consultant to the office of the DPP" - Mahendra Chaudhry in his affidavit for Madigan's recusal from his case
"He (Wasu Pillay) dropped off the Prosecution Brief to my office in Suva in or around April 2012. He had it saved in a USB and copied it to my laptop. He left for Labasa after MPC was charged and had applied for recusal of Goundar and permanent stay of the charges." - Rajendra Chaudhry to Fijileaks.