Her brother K. Ugenthiran said these individuals promised to give the family money, without any regard to the family's mourning.
“We believe they are part of a faction who had been responsible for creating and spreading false allegations and rumours that had cast a shadow on my sister's death,” he said in a statement here yesterday.
He claimed no reporter from the dailies concerned had approached him, his brother or parents to verify the true cir*****stances of Sujatha's death.
“I want these dailies to publish an appropriate apology as soon as possible and allow my sister's soul to rest in peace,” he said.
Ugenthiran, 26, said his sister was a popular Indian artiste and it was the family's wish that her death “should not be scandalised and publicised in this manner.”
Early this week, a man in his 40s, who claimed to be the woman's uncle, said Sujatha had called him two days before she was admitted to the hospital, sounding worried and allegedly telling him there were people trying to harm her.
Identifying himself only as Selvam, the man said his niece promised to call him if she needed help but she never called again.
Sujatha died at the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang on June 25 of weedkiller poisoning.
Sujatha was said to have worked as a personal assistant to S. Vell Paari, the son of MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu.
The Maika Holdings chief executive officer, however, has refuted rumours that he was linked to the actress' death.
On Wednesday, Sentul police chief Asst Comm K. Kumaran filed a RM10mil libel suit against a Parti Keadilan Rakyat official and a Tamil daily, relating to a press statement calling on the Inspector-General of Police to form a special team to investigate Vell Paari.