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
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
MORE TO COME
Tuesday May 11, 2010
Ex-MIED chief arrested over alleged cheating
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
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.
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
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
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.