Sat Maharaj, secretary general of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha, said he began receiving “threatening phone calls.” Maharaj, testifying at yesterday’s hearing at the Commission of Enquiry into the failure of the Harnarine-led Hindu Credit Union (HCU), said in reply to questions from his attorney Jagdeo Singh that the relationship between himself and Harnarine had deteriorated to the point of being “acrimonious.” “Not only acrimonious, but life- threatening...I received calls on the telephone that Harry paid someone to get rid of me,” Maharaj said. At this point, Farid Scoon, attorney for Harnarine objected, saying there was no evidence of an acrimonious relationship between the two before the commission, even if it was so. Singh replied: “What is important is the witness’ perception.” Maharaj continued: “I received information by someone perceived to be his bodyguard,” adding that he won’t identify the person. He said he wrote the Commissioner of Police about those threats and received a November 19, 2008, reply from the CoP’s office stating it had conducted a “comprehensive threat assessment,” and had determined “a low-level threat exists.” Maharaj said he didn’t understand what that term meant, and that “one bullet was as good as six.” Referring to Harnarine, he said: “I thought here is a man who believed he was all things to all people.” Maharaj said after getting the threats, he began “restricting” his activities, especially at nightly Hindu prayers. Maharaj said it was a “clever ploy” to isolate the Maha Sabha and put the organisation against Muslims and Catholics. “That is an old trick that not even Machiavelli will try today.” He said the Maha Sabha was always sourcing funds to repair its schools and temples. Maharaj accused Scoon of using race and religion as a tactic that not even politicians would use as “people are beyond that.” “I joined the HCU because it was a Hindu credit union. If Harry and his cohorts, they effect a change in a closed boardroom, we have a right to say we did not agree to that change,” Maharaj said. The Hindu leader said Harnarine had approached him to get the Maha Sabha’s support for the HCU, and it thereafter dissolved a teachers’ credit union to merge with the HCU. Maharaj said his son Vijay attended three HCU meetings and then decided he didn’t want to return because of how the meetings were being conducted. Scoon, who addressed Maharaj as “shri,” an honorific Hindu title of respect, and as a brother, asked Maharaj if he’d met Harnarine at HCU’s office at Pierre Road, Felicity, central Trinidad, before undergoing heart surgery in Miami, to which he said, reluctantly and after much cross-talk.....dis fron d news paper buh had to share!!!