Ethnic Indian woman barred from leaving Malaysia

An ethnic Indian woman charged in a cheating case has been barred by a Malaysian court from going abroad and asked to surrender her passport.

Updated: Jun 15, 2010, 18:23 PM IST

Kuala Lumpur: An ethnic Indian woman
charged in a cheating case has been barred by a Malaysian
court from going abroad and asked to surrender her passport.

P Chitrakala, former CEO of Maju Institute of
Educational Development, the educational arm of the country`s
largest ethnic Indian political party Malaysian Indian
Congress was earlier barred from leaving the country while on
her way to India.
The court said it could consider returning the
passport to P Chitrakala, former CEO of Maju Institute of
Educational Development (MIED) if she needed to travel abroad
and made an application to obtain her travel document.

The judge said in her ruling that the prosecution had
proved there was a possibility of Chitrakala jumping bail to
avoid facing trial on cheating charges against her.

"This was based on facts in the affidavits by
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission investigating officer.

Chitrakala was charged on May 11 with three counts of
cheating by the former treasurer-general of MIC, Mahalingam.

She was alleged to have cheated Mahalingam by inducing
him to believe that a one million ringgit cheque was for a
loan payment, resulting in him signing the cheque.
The other two charges were for cheating involving one
million ringgit and two million ringgit. The case is set for
mention on June 28.

PTI