TN police opposes the bail plea of Malaysian fugitive
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Last Updated: Saturday, March 05, 2011, 18:49
Chennai: Tamil Nadu police on Saturday opposed the bail petition filed by Malaysian national Michael Raj who was involved in various crimes in both countries and is now incarcerated in the central prison at Puzhal near here.

Objecting to his bail plea in the Madras High Court, police said, "Investigation reveals that the petitioner's original name is Michael Soosai from Penang and he is a Malaysian national. He is a fugitive criminal wanted by Interpol Malaysia. He illegally entered India after faking his death in that country and has no passport or visa for entering India."

They contended that Soosai is a notorious criminal involved in a lot of cases in both nations and was apprehended with great difficulty. "If released on bail, he will abscond and never be available for trial of the case," police said.

Michael Raj, who has many aliases, was arrested in August last year near here in connection with a murder case.

When the matter came up before Justice S Nagamuthu, petitioner's counsel contended his client was an Indian and not Malaysian as alleged by the prosecution. He filed the bail petition in the name 'Karunai Raj'.

However, police said after news and photographs of Michael's arrest were published in d ailies, they received a request from Malaysia to inform Interpol Malaysia of Royal Malaysian Police about it.

After informing them, Interpol Malaysia sent details of cases in which Michael was involved. Police here then sent his fingerprints to the agency, police said.

After verification, authorities in Malaysia found that the arrested person is Michael and was holder of a Malaysian Identity Card.

"They also informed us he has produced a fake death certificate to show he was dead to escape prosecution in cases pending in Malaysia," police said.

The matter will come up for hearing next week.


First Published: Saturday, March 05, 2011, 18:49

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