Sujatha was also the personal secretary of Vellpaari, managing director of Maika Holdings before her death. Sources say both of them were romantically involved for along time, though Vellpaari was married to popular singer Shaila Nair, and Sujatha pressed Vellpaari to marry her.
Police probe 'mysterious death' of actress
Soon Li Tsin
Jul 27, 2007 Malaysiakini
The police are investigating the possibility of foul play in the death of a well-known local Indian actress who was also the former private secretary to the son of a senior cabinet minister.
Contacted today, Sentul district police chief ACP K Kumaran confirmed that his officers were investigating the death of K Sujatha.
"We will be investigating her cause of death and whether there was any foul play, we have not ruled out suicide (either). We'll then see if a inquest is needed.
"It is still too early to tell what had happened to Sujatha," he added.
Following her death, a Tamil newspaper had reported that she had died of a 'mysterious illness'. Her remains have since been cremated.
The 29-year-old actress was taken from her apartment in Jalan Ipoh, Sentul, on June 25 to the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang where she died.
Kumaran revealed the status of the case when asked to comment on a police report filed by PKR supreme council member S Manickavasagam with the Brickfields district police headquarters this morning.
The report, in relation to the cir*****stances surrounding Sujatha’s death, was based on a two-page letter he had received via express post from an anonymous person.
The letter was posted from Jelapang, Ipoh, in Perak and addressed to the PKR headquarters in Brickfields.
The letter alleged that the senior cabinet minister's son was involved in Sujatha’s death and requested the opposition party to pursue the matter.
"Please help us, we are poor people. (The minister) and (his son) are powerful," read the letter written in broken Bahasa Malaysia, which named the minister and his son.
The letter also implicated Kumaran and accused the Sentul police chief of accepting bribes in order to close the case.
However, Kumaran denied the allegation.
"I have not seen the police report (lodged by Manickavasagam). I only knew about it last night when I received a SMS (short message service) about it.
"Investigations are being carried out. My officers and I have nothing to hide. We’re not scared. I’m concerned why my name is implicated because I know for sure I instructed for a fair investigation to be carried out," he said.
Kumaran said he will get a copy of Manickavasagam’s police report before considering his next course of action.
Speaking to reporters later, Manickavasagam urged the police to immediately probe the serious allegations raised in the letter.
He also wanted to know why Sujatha's body was taken to the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang when Hospital Kuala Lumpur is located much closer to the deceased's apartment.
Police probing foul play in actress’ death
PETALING JAYA: Investigations into the death of local Indian actress, K. Sujatha, has taken a new twist with police receiving a letter alleging foul play.
A member of an opposition political party handed the letter to police yesterday.
Sentul district police chief Asst Comm K. Kumaran said they are reinvestigating the case based on the new evidence. Initially, police had classified the case as sudden death.
Sujatha, 29, a former personal assistant to a Cabinet minister’s son, died at the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang three days after she was admitted on June 25 for weedkiller poisoning.
Sujatha, who was a singer, had acted in several Tamil dramas, movies and commercials.
Her last acting stint was in Noorhalizah, which is scheduled to be released in two months.
The director of Noorhalizah, K. Sandosh, said he was told that Sujatha died of ovarian cancer.
“We were shocked by her death. She never showed any sign of suffering cancer,” he said.