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Sujatha Suicide: Court Issues Warrant Of Arrest Against Kapar MP

Contributed by Anonymous on Tuesday, June 23 @ 03:29:12 CDT

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KUALA LUMPUR, June 23 (Bernama) -- The Coroner's Court on Tuesday issued a warrant of arrest against Kapar member of Parliament S. Manikavasagam for avoiding a subpoena to testify in the actress K. Sujatha's inquest.

-- BERNAMA


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Arrest warrant out for Kapar MP By Neville Spykerman KUALA LUMPUR, June 23 — Kapar MP S.Manikavasagam was shocked when he learned from the media that a warrant of arrest had been issued against him today for refusing to accept a subpoena to appear at the K. Sujatha inquest. He said he had yet to receive any such subpoena. He lashed out at the police for claiming that he was avoiding the subpoena, saying that he had been in Parliament every morning till 2.30pm before returning to his constituency. The PKR man said although the police are disallowed from serving subpoenas in Parliament, they could have called him outside, or even gone to his office or home. “Everyone including the Special Branch knows where to find me and I have not been on the run.” The contentious subpoena was for the ongoing inquest into the sudden death of Sujatha, the personal assistant to MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu’s son Vel Paari. The warrant was issued this morning by coroner Mohd Faizi Che Abu after he was informed that the Kapar MP had refused the subpoena when approached by the police. The coroner's court stated yesterday that Manikavasagam risked an arrest warrant if he evaded the subpoena to testify at the inquest. Manikavasagam accused the police of deliberately tarnishing his image and pointed out that he had attended the first two days of the inquest with his lawyers when it first started over a year ago. “They told us to leave and refused to let us participate until we were subpoenaed.” He said the police should have given him at least two weeks' notice instead of trying to contact witnesses at the eleventh hour.

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009/06/23
Accept notice or risk arrest, MP told By : Sushma Veera

S. Manikavasagam told the police he would not accept the subpoena as his lawyers were abroad
KUALA LUMPUR: Kapar member of parliament S. Manikavasagam will be placed on a warrant of arrest if he refuses to accept a subpoena compelling him to attend the inquest of actress K. Sujatha.
Dr K. Saravanan did not conduct a post-mortem on Sujatha as the cause of death had already been determined The inquest was told yesterday that Manikavasagam, the complainant in the case, had informed police that he was not going to accept the subpoena as his lawyers were abroad.

Coroner Mohd Faizi Che Abu ordered police to make a final attempt to serve the subpoena on the Kapar member of parliament.

"If he still refuses to accept it, or tries to avoid accepting it, then a warrant of arrest will be issued," the coroner said.

Yesterday, deputy public prosecutor Geethan Ram Vincent who is assisting the court, said police could not serve the subpoena on Manikavasagam last week.
"The officer had gone to his office on June 17 but he was not in.

"When contacted on his mobile, Manikavasagam told the officer to come to Parliament House during the lunch break the following day," said Geethan.

He said, however, about 1.10pm on June 18, Manikavasagam had called the officer and told him that he would not be accepting the subpoena.

Geethan added that Manikavsagam was aware of the dates and that his attendance was required by the court.

"The whole issue (Sujatha's death) was brought up by him and he has his own version on how she died. He should be here to explain it."

Manikavasagam had lodged several police reports alleging foul play in Sujatha's death.

The 28-year-old actress died at the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang on June 25, 2007, believed to be after consuming weedkiller.

The inquest is being held to ascertain if there was foul play in her death.

Yesterday's inquest heard from four witnesses -- two police officers, a doctor and a medical assistant.

Dr K. Saravanan of the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital forensic department, said he did not conduct a post-mortem on Sujatha as the cause of death had already been determined.

"The cause of death was stated as paraquat poisoning and the investigating officer accepted it.

"Furthermore, Sujatha was admitted and treated in the same hospital. It is general practice that in such cases, no post-mortem is needed even if the police had issued the Pol 61 form."

(The Pol 61 form is an order issued by the police for the hospital to conduct a post-mortem.)

Dr Saravanan said following Sujatha's case, the procedure was changed where post-mortem was conducted on all cases ordered by police despite the cause of death being known.

The inquest continues.
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Sujatha inquest: Arrest warrant out for Kapar MP Manikavasagam
By SIM LEOI LEOI The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: A warrant of arrest has been issued against Kapar Member of Parliament S. Manikavasagam, who failed to turn up in court Tuesday to testify in the inquiry into the death of actress K. Sujatha. Coroner Mohd Faizi Che Abu issued the warrant to compel the MP to testify, saying the case will continue on July 9 and 10. Sujatha, an actress, died at the age of 28 in June 2007 four days after admission to a hospital for allegedly drinking weedkiller. On Monday, the Coroner’s Court warned Manikavasagam that a warrant of arrest will be issued against him if he continued to avoid a subpoena to testify in the inquest. Mohd Faizi told Deputy Public Prosecutor Geethan Ram Vincent to instruct the investigation officer of the case to make another attempt to serve the subpoena on Manikavasagam by Monday to compel him to attend the court hearing Tuesday. “Please direct the investigation officer to serve the subpoena by this evening and if he continues to avoid receiving it then the court will issue a warrant of arrest tomorrow,” he had said. The court was told that the investigation officer had attempted to serve the subpoena on June 17 but Manikavasagam had told the officer to meet him the following day in Parliament during lunch break. On June 18 however, the court was told that Manikavasagam had contacted the officer and told him to postpone the inquest proceedings since his two lawyers were overseas. In Parliament later Tuesday, Manikavasagam hit out at the police for failing to serve him the subpeona. Manikavasagam said the police had both his home and office addresses and that they could have served him while he was there. “Instead, I read that they tried to serve me the subpeona in Parliament. They can’t serve subpeonas in Parliament because it is a restricted area. “I was present at the inquest on the first day itself and the deputy public prosecutor told me there was no need to attend until I have been summoned. “I have given the authorities both my addresses and they should have served me the subpeona there as I can be found there most of the time,” he said. Manikavasagam said as an MP, he could not be expected to be summoned without sufficient time given for him to settle constituency affairs as he was a busy man. “I’m a busy man and I have to meet my constituents every day. The authorities should give me two weeks’ notice before summoning me. “Even this morning, I received a telephone call at 8am from one ‘Inspector Teh’ asking me to attend the inquest today,” he told reporters in the Parliament lobby here Tuesday. In Tuesday’s proceedings, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia forensic head Associate Professor Shahrom Abdul Wahid told the inquest that Sujatha had drunk the “paraquat on her own without being physically forced to by anyone.” If force had been used, there would have been marks of a struggler on her face and neck, he said.*******Doc: Why no post-mortem on Sujatha
KUALA LUMPUR: The Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital here did not carry out a post-mortem on K. Sujatha when she died in 2007 because her cause of death was already known, the hospital’s medical officer Dr K. Saravanan testified yesterday. He said it was the hospital’s policy not to do post-mortems in such situations although police had handed the POL61 form instructing the hospital to do so. Dr Saravanan told coroner Mohd Faizi Che Abu at an inquiry into Sujatha’s death at the magistrate’s court that the hospital’s medical assistant, Mohd Aminuddin Isa, had informed him about her death and mentioned the cause of death. “I then said, ‘go ahead and release the body,’ even though POL61 was issued,” he said. However, he said the hospital had since changed its procedure and post-mortems were carried out on all cases where POL61 were issued even when the cause of death was known. Asked by deputy public prosecutor Geethan Ram Vincent whether the POL61 was withdrawn, Dr Saravanan said that it was not. Mohd Faizi also ordered Kapar MP S. Manikavasagam, who did not turn up in court, to be subpoenaed to testify. Earlier, Datuk K. Kumaraendran, representing Maika Holdings Bhd chief executive officer S. Vell Paari, said a warrant of arrest should be issued to Manikavasagam regardless of whether he was an MP or not. Sujatha, an actress, died at the age of 28 in June 2007 at the hospital, four days after admission for allegedly drinking weedkiller. The inquest into the death continues today.****Court threatens to issue arrest warrant on Kapar MP
KUALA LUMPUR: The Coroner's Court warned Kapar member of Parliament S. Manikavasagam on Monday that a warrant of arrest will be issued against him if he continues to avoid a subpoena to testify in the inquest of actress K. Sujatha. Coroner Mohd Faizi Che Abu told Deputy Public Prosecutor Geethan Ram Vincent to instruct the investigation officer of the case to make another attempt to serve the subpoena on Manikavasagam by Monday to compel him to attend the court hearing Tuesday. "Please direct the investigation officer to serve the subpoena by this evening and if he continues to avoid receiving it then the court will issue a warrant of arrest tomorrow," said Faizi. Earlier, Geethan told the court that the investigation officer had attempted to serve the subpoena on June 17 but Manikavasagam had told the officer to meet him the following day in Parliament during lunch break. On June 18 however, Manikavasagam had contacted the officer and told him to postpone the inquest proceedings since his two lawyers were overseas, he said. Counsel Datuk K. Kumaraendran who represented Maika Holdings chief excutive officer S. Vell Paari urged the court to issue the warrant arrest. "It's unbecoming of Manikavasagan who had been dictating terms on whether he wanted to testify in this inquest and he should be compelled to be before this court since he had made all kind of allegations in this case. "He should be here and give his version of the story since he had lodged several police reports against my client," he said. Kumaraendran was addressing the court at the inquest into 28-year-old Sujatha's death at Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang on June 25, 2007, six days after her admission for allegedly drinking weedkiller. Meanwhile, medical officer Dr K. Saravanan attached to the hospital's Forensics Department testified that he had instructed a medical assistant to release Sujatha's body to her next-of-kin on June 25, 2007 after being told the cause of death had already been stated in the burial permit. He said that normally, a postmortem would not be conducted on cases where the cause of death had already been confirmed by doctors at the ward and the investigation officer accepted or was satisfied with the doctor's findings. "In Sujatha's case, the body was released even though the police had issued a form known as Form POL 63 for a postmortem and this practice is not confined to this case alone but in all cases where the cause of death had already been confirmed," he said. Questioned further by Geethan, Dr Saravanan clarified that since Sujatha's case, the Forensics Department had been complying with the POL 63 form by conducting postmortems. - Bernama


 
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