Prosecution to determine Tan Sri S Balakrishnan’s case next week

Prosecution to determine Tan Sri S Balakrishnan’s case next week

KUALA LUMPUR: The prosecution team in the case involving former MIC vice president Tan Sri S Balakrishnan has requested one week time whether they would like to drop the charges against the former politician.

“They have requested for time and was given a week. We in the defence team asked for the charges to be dropped against the late Balakrishnan and his son, B Ashok Kumar.

“They have been given time until Apr 22. The prosecution also have the option to continue with the prosecution of the son,” said defence counsel, V Kokila Vani.

The twist in the wake of his death in an accident on March 27. A truck rammed into the Toyota Vellfire that Balakrishnan was traveling in with his wife.

Balakrishnan was first charged false claims of nearly RM13mil to the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) for river restoration works in Malacca in 2012.

His son was charged for abetting.

Balakrishnan who was director of Sinnayah & Sons Sdn Bhd was charged with submitting interim payment claims bearing false details on a ‘supply and deliver de-watering container’ project for 358 units of dewatering containers for a total of RM12,888,000, while only 89 units were supplied to them.

The documents were submitted through one Nuri Abdullah who was an appointed quantity surveyor by the company.

Balakrishnan’s charge under Section 18 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 carries a fine of at least five times the amount of corruption and a maximum 20 years imprisonment, if convicted.

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