Students’ tiff ends in court

2016-07-01 13:15
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Pietermaritzburg - An “innocent” WhatsApp ­message sent to a young woman has ignited a row involving local university students that has ended in the Pietermaritzburg high court.

Their parents also became ­embroiled in the dispute, which was on Thursday adjourned until ­October 26.

The text sent in March to UKZN LLB student Ashvita Singh ­allegedly read: “… you have a nice ass and sexy thighs …”

Singh’s boyfriend, Leeshen Naidoo, took exception to the message and allegedly wrote back: “If I see you anywhere I will take you out”.

In his affidavit, Naidoo ­describes the message received by Singh as “derogatory and ­defamatory of her person”. He did not say what the content was, nor what he had replied.

The alleged content was revealed in the replying affidavit of Mayuran Nadar who, along with his brother, Kiarin, has been temporarily interdicted by the couple.

The interdict restrains the brothers from “assaulting, threatening and intimidating” Naidoo and Singh; coming within 100 metres of them; and from communicating in any manner with them.

According to the court papers, Nadar is a friend of Kershen ­Maharaj, from whose cellphone the text emanated.

According to Nadar, the ­offending text was sent by ­Maharaj’s friend, Jared, who had grabbed Maharaj’s cellphone and sent the text moments after Singh walked past them.

Nadar and his brother denied that they or Maharaj were ­subsequently involved in incidents in which Naidoo and his ­businessman father, Kruben, were allegedly threatened with assault.

Leeshen Naidoo said he thought the matter was resolved after he had replied to the offending ­message received by his girlfriend in March. But, he alleges, Nadar and Maharaj approached him “in an aggressive manner” after a function at the YMCA on May 7.

Nadar allegedly grabbed the front of his T-shirt and threatened to assault him, and he observed that Maharaj was armed with knuckledusters, he said.

Nadar said to him: “I will f**k you up and put you away”, he claimed.

Naidoo also claimed friends told him that the two students had said many times that he was an “easy take out” as he had only one kidney.

He said he told Nadar that he would not fight him as he had no axe to grind with him.

Naidoo said his father later told him that Kiarin Nadar had telephoned the house and asked his sister for their address. He allegedly told her “your brother is causing s**t and we are coming for him”.

He said a meeting involving the two families (as well as other ­people, including Maharaj) was held two days later in his father’s boardroom. The meeting ended in “chaos and pandemonium” and was so raucous his father’s staff came up from the ground floor to see what was happening.

Naidoo and Nadar did not agree about events at the meeting ­although both confirmed it ended in chaos.

Mayuran Nadar said the matter was a “trivial dispute between young students”.

“The parents, especially the ­father of the first applicant [Leeshen Naidoo] became involved in the dispute … He is Kruben Naidoo, a wealthy and proud businessman in Pietermaritzburg,” he said.

Nadar said he believed Naidoo senior was the “driving force” ­behind the court application. ­“Suffice to say that if Naidoo ­senior did not poke his nose into a squabble between young ­students, this application would not have been in court,” he said.

Nadar told the court Maharaj had a long-standing platonic friendship with Singh, which was possibly an “irritation” for ­Leeshen Naidoo.

He said he had advised Maharaj not to communicate with Singh after the WhatsApp incident, and he had complied.

He denied that either he or Maharaj behaved aggressively or threatened Naidoo at the YMCA as alleged, or that they were armed with knuckle dusters or other weapons. “I asked [Naidoo] why he has a problem with my friend, Kershen Maharaj. He [Naidoo] then stated that he did not need to get his hands dirty and that he has enough money to take us out.”

Nadar said he responded to this by saying to Naidoo: “I will f**k you up and you cannot hide behind your family’s money.”

He added: “I regarded this ­simply as an argument between the two of us; nothing more. I did not even touch him.”

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