Sunday, June 15, 2014

Bala’s widow sues PM and wife

The widow and family of the late P. Balasubramaniam is suing the Prime Minister, his wife and seven others a total of RM840,000 that they say is owing to them in damages after being forced to leave the country and live in Chennai, India for close to five years.

Their hurried exile to India came in the wake of a second statutory declaration (SD) that Balasubramaniam signed in 2008, clearing Najib of any wrongdoing in the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu.

In the suit, Balasubramaniam’s widow A. Santamil Selvi and her three children named Prime Minister Mohd Najib Tun Razak, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, brothers Datuk Mohd Nazim Abdul Razak, Datuk Ahmad Johari Abdul Razak, lawyer Tan Sri Cecil Abraham, his son Sunil Abraham, commissioner of oaths Zainal Abidin Muhayat, businessman Deepak Jaikishan and lawyer M. Arunapalam as the defendants.
The plaintiffs said they were coerced by the defendants into leaving the country and that Balasubramaniam himself was coerced into signing the second SD.
The damages as listed in the suit specify Selvi’s loss of income in Malaysia as well as the cost of living in India that covered apartment rent, school fees and transportation costs including other general and specific damages.
The suit comes a little over a year from P. Balasubramaniam’s death from a heart attack, just weeks after finally returning from India. It was filed by his lawyer Americk Singh Sidhu.