KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 21 (Bernama) -- The defamation suits filed by former
Maju Institute of Educational Development (MIED) chief executive officer
against former MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu
and two others, have reached an out-of-court settlement.
This followed Chithirakala filing a notice of discontinuance of the suits last Tuesday, at the High Court.
Her lawyer, Prakash Lachimanan, told the media that the parties had
agreed to the settlement and it meant that it was the end of the matter.
On Nov 4, 2009, Chithirakala and her businessman husband, K. Vasu,
filed three suits against Samy Vellu, his wife, Datin Seri R. Indrani
and the Tamil Nesan daily.
In the first suit against Samy Vellu, Chithirakala and her husband
claimed that the former works minister had made defamatory remarks
related to MIED insurance on March 8, 2009, which were carried by all
three Tamil dailies, namely Tamil Nesan, Makkal Osai and Malaysian
Chithirakala said the remarks meant that she and her husband had
conspired to cheat MIED, the education arm of MIC, and the Indian
In the second suit against Indrani, Chithirakala claimed that she had
defamed her in an interview with the Malaysiakini news portal on Oct 1,
this year, which was also carried in full by Makkal Osai on Oct 3, 2009.
Chithirakala, in her third suit against the publisher of the Tamil
daily, Tamil Nesan (M) Sdn Bhd, and its editor-in-chief, K. Padmanabhan,
claimed that they had published defamatory articles on Oct 1, 2009.
She sought general and special damages in all three suits.