Toronto Sun

October 23, 1999

Dad weeps for son

Killer son bids for early parole ...

By ALAN CAIRNS -- Toronto Sun

A man whose eight-year-old son was slain by Amina Chaudhary wept yesterday as he recalled how his family "cried and cried until there were no tears left."

Testifying in the judicial review to determine whether Chaudhary, 38, can be declared eligible for early parole under "faint hope" laws, Suresh "Steve" Gupta asked jurors not to forget his son, Rajesh, who was murdered on Feb. 3, 1982.

"Think about him and the feelings of my family before making your decision," Gupta said.

As he spoke, Chaudhary, who has served 15 years after receiving a life term with no chance of parole for 25 years, sat hunched in the prisoner's box. Not once did she look up.

Rajesh Gupta had been hit on the head and strangled with a cord from his coat on his way to school. His body was found in a Scarborough parking lot.

At the 1982 trial, prosecutors claimed Chaudhary, a Sikh, killed the boy for "revenge" three days after her extramarital Hindu lover, Vijay Gupta, Steve Gupta's brother and Rajesh's uncle, married a Hindu woman in India.

The review has heard Chaudhary is a model prisoner who has bettered her education. After marrying convicted murderer Anees Chaudhary in 1989, she gave birth to three children in 1993, 1995 and 1997 and if released she plans to take over their care from a foster mother in Sudbury.

While Correctional Services Canada staff and social workers support Chaudhary's bid to be considered for early parole, citing her family and educational moves, prosecutor Tony Loparco has suggested she is a self-centred manipulator and a liar.

Gupta said Chaudhary had brought "unfathomable" and "absolute devastation" to his family and "now it pains us greatly that she is seeking leniency." He called Rajesh a "wonderful boy" who excelled at school and was "full of life and energy, hopes and dreams."

"The thought of his pain ... the last breaths being stolen from him, almost kills me today," Gupta said.

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