By P. Vijian
CHENNAI, July 13 (Bernama) -- The year-long deft silence on the part of
the Malaysian federal police over the arrest of Michael Soosai, wanted
in Malaysia for a series of high-profile commercial crimes and murder,
have left the Indian authorities baffled.
That the home ministry has yet to seek the 53-year-old suspect's
extradition -- despite Malaysia and India signing an extradition treaty
last year to stem cross-border crimes -- has raised a myriad of
Soosai, who was once on Interpol's 'Wanted List' for many years, is currently languishing in the Chennai Central Prison.
Among others, he allegedly faked his own death in 2002 to cash out on
his insurance policy and fled to South India. There, he was linked to
the murder of a Malaysian bus driver in Kanchipuram District as his
(Soosai's) daughter was said to have eloped with the victim's son.
Thus, the Indian police are miffed over the muted response from the
Federal Police Headquarters in Bukit Aman as the latter appears to be
thumbing its nose at the Indo-Malaysian extradition treaty.
"We have written to the relevant Malaysian authorities numerous times
regarding the suspect, believed to be Michael Soosai, who was arrested
"But, we have yet to receive any directive from Malaysia to take
further action on the case. Local police and Soosai's lawyer have also
approached us on this matter," Anuar Kasman, Malaysia's Consul-General
in Chennai told Bernama in an interview on Wednesday.
Soosai lived in exile for nearly a decade, making southern India his
home and carried out inter-state criminal activities, mostly duping
Indians of their money, jewellery and luxury vehicles.
"I am very sure there has not been a single request from the Malaysian
police over the extradition of this person. India and Malaysia are
Commonwealth countries, there is a treaty to extradite a person.
"Besides, if he is on Interpol's Wanted List, why haven't the Malaysian
police sought his custody," asked Soosai's lawyer M. Shreedhar.
After a long cross-border hunt, Andhra Pradesh police arrested Soosai,
along with his wife and two children, at a city hotel in Chennai last
Investigations revealed that the former fugitive had been operating
under various pseudo names - Karunaraj @ Rajasekaran @ Dharmaraj @ GK
A pile of fraud cases have also been slapped on him.
In January, last year, Malaysia and India signed an extradition treaty to stem cross-border crimes.