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Maharaj sentenced to 4 years and 11 months for bribery

Former information and public relations officer at the Prime Minister’s office, Rudra Maharaj,  was sentenced to 4 years and 11 months imprisonment by the Suva High Court this morning. Maharaj, 55, had been found guilty of one count of bribery last week.  He appeared before Justice Priyantha Fernando. Justice Priyantha Fernando said Maharaj had seriously […]

Peni Shute

February 18, 2016 11:19 am

Former information and public relations officer at the Prime Minister’s office, Rudra Maharaj,  was sentenced to 4 years and 11 months imprisonment by the Suva High Court this morning.

Maharaj, 55, had been found guilty of one count of bribery last week.  He appeared before Justice Priyantha Fernando.

Rudr Maharaj on his way to court for sentencing. Source: Peni Shute / Newswire.
Rudra Maharaj on his way to court for sentencing this morning. Source: Peni Shute / Newswire.

Justice Priyantha Fernando said Maharaj had seriously breached his role in assisting the public.

Justice Fernando said Maharaj played the lead role in committing the bribe. Justice Fernando added that Maharaj was receiving a sum of more than $20,000 as his wages when he committed the bribe.

Maharaj was ordered to pay a fine of $2000 and was sentenced to 4 years and 11 months imprisonment, with three and a half years non-parole. Maharaj has 30 days to file for an appeal.

Maharaj was charged by FICAC in September  2013.  He was accused of accepting an advantage of $2,000 cash and two cheques amounting to $10,000 from the Director of Fijiana Builders, Avin Prakash in 2012.

Maharaj is married with four children.

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