Ex-official of MIC`s education wing charged with cheating
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 19:20
Kuala Lumpur: A former executive of the educational arm of Malaysia's largest ethnic Indian party has been charged with cheating and fraud involving a sum of four million ringgit, an offence that carries a term of up to 10 years.

P Chithirakala, the former chief executive officer of the Maju Institute of Educational Development (MIED), the educational arm of the Malaysian Indian Congress, was charged in the Sessions Court here with three counts of cheating.

The 39-year-old mother for four kids has been accused of cheating former MIC treasurer-general M Mahalingam, 74, who was a director and signatory of MIED Sdn Bhd, by deceiving him to believe that a one million ringgit cheque was for a loan payment.

She was also charged similarly for other frauds, offences to which Chithirakala pleaded not guilty.

The offence carries a jail sentence of not less than one year and up to a maximum 10 years' jail, and a whipping.

Chithirakala hit the headlines last year when she alleged that the MIC had misappropriated a government allocation meant to help the hardcore poor Indian community.

On Nov 3 last year, she filed three defamation suits against MIC president S Samy Vellu, his wife R Indrani, and the publisher of a Tamil daily and its editor-in-chief K Padmanabhan for making derogatory remarks against her and her family.

MIED is the educational arm of the MIC and was incorporated on Feb 29, 1984.


First Published: Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 19:20

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