KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 24 (Bernama) -- The prime suspect in the murders of
cosmetic queen Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya and three others may be linked to
the disappearance of two more persons, said Member of Parliament for
Kapar S. Manikavasagam.
He said their family members lodged police reports on Thursday on the
missing duo between eight and nine months ago after dealing with the
prime suspect, who was a lawyer, over the sale of land.
Manikavasagam claimed that one of the reports was lodged at the Rawang
police station but he was not sure where the other report was made.
Gombak police chief ACP Abdul Rahim Abdullah, however, denied such report was received by Rawang police.
Manikavasagam, who refused to divulge the identities of the complainants, said he would shed more light on Saturday.
He was speaking to reporters after accompanying S. Usharani, the second
wife of Indian millionaire A. Muthuraja, who wanted to hand over a
recorded telephone conversation which she had with a man who demanded a
RM1million ransom from her to the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri
However, Usharani was unable to do so as Ismail was not around. She planned to hand over the evidence next week.
She claimed that she had first received a call from a man called Muru on Feb 2 but did not record the conversation.
However, Usharani recorded the next phone call from a man identifying himself as Asst Supt Suresh on Feb 12.
Usharani later handed over a memorandum containing copies of police
reports on the loss of her husband, his passport, their children birth
certificates and her letter to Indian High Commissioner in Malaysia to
the Bukit Aman Public Relations Unit.
Muthuraja was reported missing during his visit here on Jan 18 to meet the lawyer brothers, who are suspects in the case.
Usharani from Ramapuram, Chennai lodged a police report on her husband disappearance in Banting on Sept 8.
Meanwhile, Bukit Aman confirmed receiving a memorandum from Manikavasagam at 1.10pm Friday.
Federal Criminal Investigation Department director Datuk Seri Mohd
Bakri Zinin said the memorandum was received by ASP Hasnul Hadi on
behalf of Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar.
"The memorandum, among others, proposed that the police set up a
special team to investigate the disappearance of Muthuraja," Mohd Bakri
said in a statement Friday.
He said Hasnul also received a mobile phone from Usharani which
contained recorded telephone conversations with several individuals in
"The police headquarters had set up a special team headed by the
Selangor Criminal Investigation Department acting chief to investigate
the disappearance of Usharani's husband, who was believed to have been
killed, under Section 302 of the Penal Code professionally and
assiduously," he said.
Friday September 24, 2010
Oh brother! Usharani’s version is now disputed
CHENNAI: Dr Kasi Viswanathan has disputed his older
brother A. Muthuraja's wife’s version of events surrounding her
husband's disappearance. He said yesterday that his family was
concerned that Muthuraja’s wife S. Usharani was giving the authorities
the wrong information. “The passport that she’s showing the
police and the media has expired. There were four expired passports
attached to his current one. “The current passport is missing and
it must have been with him when he disappeared,” said Dr Kasi, who will
arrive in Malaysia today to speak to the authorities. He had lodged a missing person’s report about Muthuraja in March at the Klang district police station. He said Usharani’s allegations that Muthuraja’s luggage had been given to him by one of the lawyer brothers was also untrue. “I knew my brother liked to stay in Bukit Bintang due to the good choice of hotels there. “I went to 11 hotels before finally locating my brother’s luggage when I was there in March,” he said. He
said Usharani was creating a ruckus because she was worried about
herself now that Muthuraja was missing and wanted to establish her
status as his wife. “She has no legal link to him and even in his
passport it’s stated that Ramalakshmi is his spouse. Her only trump
card now is the child she had with my brother,” he said. He said Usharani was also unable to bring her daughter to Malaysia because the child carried Muthuraja’s name. “Since
Usharani has no legal link with my brother, she cannot take his
underage child out of the country. But Ramalakshmi is his legal wife and
can travel with the child,” he said. He also alleged that an Indian businessman based in Chennai was the one behind Usharani’s current actions. “This
businessman, who is instigating her obtained about RM40,000 from me for
information about my brother and he put me in touch with a man called
Elil to whom we paid another RM80,000,” he said. It is believed
that the Indian businessman is also a longtime friend of a PKR member
who had put Usharani in touch with Kapar MP S. Manikavasagam.******Friday September 24, 2010
Muthuraja ‘movie plot’ unravels
THIRUNELVELI: The case of missing Indian businessman A.
Muthuraja is playing like a drama - with the mystery of his
disappearance, a search that spans two nations and a very nasty family
feud. His mother A. Ramalakshmi has made it known that her son was not on good terms with his wife S. Usharani. She claimed her son wanted to “escape” from Usharani because she was always putting him under pressure.
Happier times: (From left) Muthuraja and Ramalakshmi, and Usharani and Muthuraja.
“They quarrelled all the time and Usharani had threatened to commit suicide,” she added. “He
has asked me many times to take care of his three-year-old daughter
Lakshmi Shree so he could walk away from the destructive relationship,”
she said at her ancestral home in Thenkasi near here. According to Ramalakshmi, Muthuraja spent most of his time in his estate in Mekarai, about 20km from Thenkasi. She
added that Muthuraja had built a house on the estate, which also had a
waterfall and spent a lot of time there with his family and friends.
Home sweet home: Muthuraja’s mother’s house in Shencottai, Madurai, India.
family members said his relationship with Usharani was a “mistake”
after he became estranged from his first wife S. Ramalakshmi. They claimed Usharani was a widow with one child when she met Muthuraja. Muthuraja’s
younger brother Dr Kasi Viswanathan said Usharani got married when she
was only 15. Her wealthy husband later died and left her his assets. Sources in Chennai said Muthuraja and Usharani had moved into an apartment only a day before he left for Malaysia on Jan 18. “Judging from the amount of clothing he had packed, it looked like he was leaving,” the source said.******Friday September 24, 2010
Businessman’s disappearance is hot news in India
By WANI MUTHIAH firstname.lastname@example.org
CHENNAI: Several media organisations here are hotly
pursuing the case of Indian millionaire A. Muthuraja’s disappearance in
Malaysia. English daily The Deccan Chronicles’
correspondent and head of its Chennai crime bureau V.P. Raghu said the
story of Muthuraja’s disappearance would be kept alive until the truth
is known. “This man is connected to the movie industry here and anyone with that kind of connection is hot news,” Raghu added.
Continuous effort: The police scuba unit searching for more clues at Kunci Air Pekan Banting Thursday.
said the paper was also keen to know if the lawyer brothers linked to
the murder of cosmetics millionaire Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya were also
involved in Muthuraja’s disappearance. Sun TV’s
correspondent and crime desk chief Rama Selvaraj said his network was
interested in the story because it had taken eight months before some
form of information emerged about Muthuraja’s disappearance. “The
fact that he was a local millionaire and involved in the movie industry
is another factor for us to go after the story,” he added. Rama
said news reports were also treating the disappearance as a “warning”
for other Indian businessmen with dealings in Malaysia to be extra
careful about their safety. “We are all very disturbed that this has happened. We believe it could have been avoided,” he added. Sun TV
has been broadcasting daily news reports about Muthuraja, giving the subject ample coverage in its prime time news slots. Meanwhile, Tamil vernacular afternoon paper Malai Malar
crime desk chief M. Ravi said Muthuraja was an important person and his disappearance was a big issue in Tamil Nadu. “We are sure our readers want to know what had happened,” he added. He
said the drama which surrounded Muthuraja’s life and disappearance was
also one of the factors why the newspaper was publishing the stories