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DOJ clears Chandiramani of falsification of public docs

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) cleared Filipino-Indian billionaire Rajiv Chandiramani, his mother Pushpa, and five others of falsification of public documents charges in connection with the alleged disposition of their more than P1 billion in assets.

In a 20-page resolution issued by Assistant State Prosecutor Eric Opriasa, the DOJ found a lack of probable cause to warrant the filing of a case for  violation of paragraph 1 of Article 172, in relation to Article 171, of the Revised Penal Code (falsification of public documents) before the trial court against the respondents.

Also cleared of any wrongdoing were Rajiv’s business associates, namely: Janet de Luna Cardinal, Maria Anita Turqueza, Rommel Olayber, Christina Gutierrez and Angelito Manuel.

The complaint was filed by Rajiv’s estranged brother Amith Prem Chandiramani who accused the respondents of conspiring to effect the illegal transfer to Rajiv of several properties and business interests worth billions of pesos that were lawfully willed to him by their father Prem, before he passed away on Dec. 26, 2011.

Amith said he was shocked upon learning about the illegal transfer and eventual sale of the properties that started sometime in 2018 or seven years after his father’s death.

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In dismissing the complaint, the DOJ pointed out Amith’s failure to disclose in his complaint-affidavit that sometime in July 2022, he previously filed a similar complaint for falsification of public documents against Rajiv and their mother and several other respondents

before the Office of the Prosecutor (OCP) of Makati City involving the sale and mortgage of real properties subject to the case.

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