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Chitrakala: Former Samy Vellu confidante charged over MIED cheating

Contributed by Anonymous on Monday, May 10 @ 23:08:26 CDT

MIC, By Baradan Kuppusamy, May 11, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR, May 11 — P. Chitrakala Vasu, the former MIED chief executive and confidante of Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, was charged in the Sessions Court here this morning with three counts of cheating to the amount of RM4 million.


The charges bring to an end a year-long investigation which started after the MIC’s education arm lodged complaints with the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) about missing funds. She pleaded not guilty before Session Court judge Azizah Mahmud. The prosecution of Chitrakala was quiet and undramatic with only Bharat Maniam, a former Samy Vellu ally turned critic, in the public gallery attending in support of Chitrakala. Reporters packed the courtroom though. Dressed in a red and blue Punjabi outfit, Chitrakala appeared calm throughout proceedings while she sat next to her lawyer Sashi Menon. The court allowed bail of RM20,000 for each charge. Chitrakala told The Malaysian Insider: “I am relieved that the matter was finally before the courts. I am confident justice will prevail.” She first hit the headlines last year by alleging that MIC misappropriated a government allocation meant to help the hardcore poor in the Indian community. In a public falling out with her mentor, Chitrakala blamed Samy Vellu for a variety of ills faced by the MIC and the Indian community. She told of how the party misused government funds to shore up support for party leaders, including Samy Vellu, in the runup to the MIC elections. MORE TO COME.


The Star

Tuesday May 11, 2010 Ex-MIED chief arrested over alleged cheating involving RM4mil By LOURDES CHARLES and MAZWIN NIK ANIS<
KUALA LUMPUR: Former Maju Institute of Educational Development (MIED) chief executive officer P. Chitrakala Vasu (pic) has been arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for alleged cheating involving RM4mil. Chitrakala will be charged in the Sessions Court at the Jalan Duta Courts Complex here today.
MACC director of investigations commissioner Mustafar Ali, who confirmed this, said Chitrakala was called to the commission headquarters in Putrajaya and was arrested when she arrived at 2.30pm. It is learnt that the 39-year-old spent a couple of hours at the MACC headquarters having her statement recorded. The Star had in January reported that a top executive of the MIED was under investigation by the MACC for alleged criminal breach of trust amounting to RM4mil. The executive was investigated following a report lodged with the MACC. The MACC then visited the MIED office and took files and do*****ents pertaining to the alleged offence. Investigations into the MIED had been going on from the time Chitrakala herself had exposed alleged malpractices. Several police reports, too, had been lodged on the matter, including one by former Teluk Kemang MP Datuk S. Sothinathan regarding missing MIED files.


Former MIED CEO Chithirakala charged

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Maju Institute of Educational Development (MIED) chief executive officer P. Chithirakala was charged in the Sessions Court here Tuesday with three counts of cheating involving RM4mil. Chithirakala, 39, was charged under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, on Jan 9 and 30, and May 3, 2007 at Menara Manickavasagam, here. On the first charge, she was accused of cheating former MIC treasurer-general Tan Sri M. Mahalingam, 74, who was a director and signatory of MIED Sdn Bhd, by deceiving him to believe that a RM1mil cheque was for a loan payment to one Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Manaf, 64, and hence, resulting in him signing the cheque over to Silver Line Services Sdn Bhd. Chithirakala was also charged similarly for another RM1mil on Jan 30. She was again accused of cheating Mahalingam on May 3 by deceiving him to believe that a RM2mil cheque was for Wira Jernih Sdn Bhd. A calm Chithirakala pleaded not guilty before Judge Azizah Mahamud, who fixed bail at RM30,000 with one surety for all three charges. The offence carries a jail sentence of not less than one year and up to a maximum 10 years' jail, and a whipping. Chithirakala's lead counsel, Saseedharan Menon, asked the court to lower the bail to RM20,000 because all three charges were related to the same issue and she had been cooperative with the police as well as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency from the day she was investigated. She had also been unemployed since 2009 and has four children to support, he added. However, Deputy Public Prosecutor Kevin Morais said the bail should be maintained in view of the sum of money involved in the cases. Morais asked for a month to prepare legal do*****ents before the hearing and Azizah fixed June 14 for the case to be re-mentioned. Chithirakala hit the headlines last year when she alleged that the MIC had misappropriated a government allocation meant to help the hardcore poor Indian community. On Nov 3 last year, she filed three defamation suits against MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, his wife Datin Seri R. Indrani, and the publisher of a Tamil daily and its editor-in-chief K. Padmanabhan for making derogatory remarks against her and her family. MIED is the educational arm of the MIC and was incorporated on Feb 29, 1984.



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