Tan Sri S Balakrishnan and Son Charged over RM12.8M False Claim

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Former MIC vice-president Tan Sri S Balakrishnan and his son claimed trial today to making false claims of nearly RM13 million to the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) over a river restoration project.

Balakrishnan, 63, was accused of submitting false claims of RM12,888,000 for the supply of some 358 geotubes to carry out the restoration works for the DID.

The actual number of units supplied is said to be just 89 units costing RM4 million.

The offence allegedly took place at the DID headquarters in Jalan Sultan Salahuddin, between Apr 27 and Oct 23, 2012.

Balakrishnan’s son, B Ashok Kumar, was charged separately in another Sessions Court for abetting his father. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Bail was fixed at RM500,000 with two sureties for each accused.

The courts also ordered the father and son to surrender their passports. They may apply for the documents should they need to travel.

Both courts fixed Aug 28 for mention.