KUALA LUMPUR — July 26, 2017: A former MIC vice-president Tan Sri S. Balakrishnan and his son were charged here today for submitting false claims in connection with the Sungai Melaka beautification and restoration project four years ago.
Both Balakrishnan, 63, and B. Ashok Kumar, 31, pleaded not guilty.
In one court before judge Allaudeen Ismail, Balakrishnan was charged with submitting false claims of RM12,888,000 relating to the supply of 358 units of dewatering containers for the project when actually only 89 units were supplied.
The claims were submitted through quantity surveyor Sinnayah & Sons Sdn. Bhd. to the Drainage and Irrigation Department with intent to deceive.
Balakrishnan, who is director of the company, was alleged to have committed the offence between April 2012 and October 2013.
He was allowed bail of RM500,000 in two sureties and ordered to surrender his passport to the court.
Ashok, who is the project manager of the company, was charged before judge Azura Alwi with abetting his father. Azura set bail at RM500,000 but allowed Ashok to use land titles owned by his family as collateral.
She also allowed the prosecution’s request for both cases to be heard jointly and fixed August 28 for mention and submission of documents. — Bernama