Lingam’s Brothers Feud – ACA Got Statements from V K Lingam & V. T. Thirunama Karasu on V K Closed Relationship - Judges & Personal Safety
Lingam Hands Over Documents To ACA
PUTRAJAYA, Nov 21 (Bernama) -- Lawyer Datuk V.K. Lingam, implicated in a video clip showing him allegedly discussing judicial appointments with a senior judge, said today he had handed over several documents pertaining to his business and assets as well as bank accounts to the Anti- Corruption Agency (ACA) office here. "I have handed over several legal documents as well as those pertaining to my business, bank accounts and assets to the ACA," he told reporters at after emerging from the ACA office. He was seen entering the office at after he had arrived there accompanied by two men. He had gone into the office alone. Lingam had come to the ACA office in the morning but was seen leaving at about 11am, apparently to get the documents, and returned at to hand them over.
Lingam also told reporters that the ACA had recorded statements from his wife, maids and employees. He said the ACA officers had been professional in discharging their duties. He said he had also handed over to the ACA letters from doctors at the
ACA deputy director-general Datuk Abu Kassim Mohamed said Lingam had come to the ACA office to counter the statement given by his brother alleging corruption. He said the ACA was still recording the statements from Lingam based on the report made yesterday by Thirunama Karasu. "The case is still under investigation and we are gathering fresh evidence provided by the younger brother yesterday. We hope the information provided by both of them can help expedite the investigation," he told reporters when approached at the compound of the ACA office.= == = == = == =from Bernama
Wee Urges Acting CJ To Suspend Judge Mentioned In Police Report
court was among those involved in corruption. The MDP secretary-general said Thirunama had made a serious allegation against the judge and as acting CJ, Abdul Hamid should exercise his discretion by suspending the judge pending an inquiry by a Royal Commission to be set up. "A person facing such allegation should not be allowed to preside over cases," he said in a statement. He stressed that judges should be seen as fair and clean besides being free from allegations. Wee said he would wait for the acting CJ's response on his letter before deciding on the next course of action. Yesterday, Thirunama was quizzed by the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) for more than seven hours over two police reports he lodged in March.
On Sunday, Thirunama told a press conference called by Wee, who is also his counsel, made several allegations of corruption against senior judges, a former attorney-general and a former Inspector-General of Police
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UPDATE:: Nov 21 07, 10.10 pm
Senior Lawyer VK Lingam (ABOVE & BELOW) was spotted at ACA headquaters at Putra Jaya in the morning at about 10.00 am but left within a short while. He came again at about 2.50pm. An ACA spokeman said he was called up NOT related to the Video Clip but to clarify details of the Police reports made by his younger brother.
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ACA reopens Lingam probe; Charles Ramendran
PUTRAJAYA (Nov 21, 2007): The Anti-Corruption Agency today questioned lawyer Datuk V.K. Lingam for more than seven hours, based on new issues that have cropped up pertaining to a 1998 probe which did not then yield a prosecution. Its deputy director-general Datuk Abu Kassim Mohamad (BELOW) told reporters at the agency's headquarters that the 1998 probe was thorough, and the investigation papers were handed over to the Attorney-General's Chambers.
He said a decision was made on that case, but did not disclose what it was. "We called Lingam in because several things have cropped up. So we have to ask him about it," he said, adding that the senior lawyer had been called several times recently. Although he did not spell it out, Abu Kassim was obviously referring to the explosive allegations made by Lingam's brother Thirunama Karasu, 50, in a March 19 police report that Malaysian Democratic Party (MDP) secretary-general Wee Choo Keong publicised last Sunday.
Asked about the ACA's investigation into the controversial 2002 video clip featuring Lingam that will now be the subject of a Royal Commission of Inquiry, Abu Kassim declined to comment today, Lingam's session with the ACA was from 10am to 6.30pm, with a three-hour break just before lunch. After the session, he told reporters that he fully cooperated with the ACA, and denied all allegations made by his brother, saying they were false. On the 1998 probe, which was also prompted by Thirunama Karasu's report alleging delivery of gifts to top judges and a former top cop, Lingam said all allegations except for one matter were investigated. "They came to my house, searched legal files, bank accounts and interviewed my wife, maid, and bodyguard. Very deep, and very thorough. And they cleared me," said Lingam. He said the new allegation in his brother's report was about him giving RM50,000 to a former
He said the industrial court chairman mentioned in the report had retired in 1991, and he recruited him in May 1994 to work for his company. "The RM50,000 which I paid was him in 1995 was a bonus for his services. I have provided the ACA proof of this in the form of income tax documents. It was a lawful payment, not corruption," Lingam said. He said he also told the ACA officials about Thirunama Karasu's psychiatric problems, and then gave reporters copies of a doctor's report dated
Malaysiakini reportedLingam's brother: I am not mad!and in Malaysiakini.tv showed VK Lingam's brother endures 7-hour grilling by ACA
The ten-year old feud between the electrician younger brother and the elder VK lawyer has surfaced for the public to show all the dirty linens. Further disclosures by the younger brother seemed to corroborate and further reinforced the evidence in the 8 min video clip of V K’s exploitation of the Judiciary. His only way to silence and discredit his bother is to say that he is of unsound mind (now challenged by the younger brother) Even though the ACA has investigated his pass records and cleared him then, the new evidence surfaced in the disclosures could nailed him properly just like thet CCID Booss Datuk Ramli.
There was an attempt by VK to force him to go for a 2-year stay in psychiatric hospital feigning mental illness when an attempt “get him to make a false statement and told him to get himself admitted for two years in Hospital Bahagia (a psychiatric hospital)” failed.
And we would like to know how his younger brother “had lost his job at Tenaga Nasional Berhad”?. There must be efforts on his part to bring about this loss considering the considerable influence he has.
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Like the former MP of Buki Bintang, Wee Choo Keong,(ABOVE) 1 day before the nomination (
There are interesting times ahead before of the 12th GE which is now widely speculated to be in March 2008 (before Datuk Anwar qualified to stand?). And that RM72M subsidy to the flour manufacturers to hold on to the price increase in order to “buy” back the loss voted if the price increase takes effect now.
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Lingam's Brother Gives Statement To ACA
PUTRAJAYA, Nov 20 (Bernama) -- The Anti- Corruption Agency (ACA) today recorded a statement from V. T. Thirunama Karasu, in connection with two police reports lodged last March against his brother, lawyer Datuk V. K. Lingam. One of the reports which Karasu, 49, also known as Balan, was about Lingam's alleged relationship with judges while the other was for his safety. The reports were lodged on March 16 and 19.
About , he turned up at the ACA office here, accompanied by his counsel, Wee Choo Keong,(ABOVE) following a request by the agency to have his statement recorded over the police reports. Until , Balan was not seen leaving the ACA building. Earlier, before entering the building, he told the media that he was not involved in the issue of a video clip which purportedly showed Lingam discussing judicial appointments over the phone with a senior judge. Balan also denied that he was mentally unstable as claimed by Lingam, adding that he had never received any (medical) treatment for such a condition.
"You (media) can check on my medical history, whether I suffered from any mental illness. Ask him (Lingam) to prove otherwise. "I went for medical check-up at the University Malaya Medical Centre, only because I was pressured by my brother and sister (Lakshmi)," he said, adding that he had instructed his lawyers to take legal action against his brother for baseless allegations against him. Meanwhile, Wee said two police reports were lodged by Balan on March 16 and 19 this year to protect his safety and on Lingam's alleged improper
relationship with judges.
Wee, however, said he did not see the rationale of the ACA asking Balan too many questions pertaining to the video clip, instead of focusing on the corruption matter involving judges. In 1998 and 2000, Balan lodged two reports to the ACA, alleging Lingam's involvement in corruption. However, he said no action was taken by the police.
On Sunday, Wee told a press conference that Balan claimed he was privy to various acts of corruption involving judges. Balan claimed that he used to send a former chief justice home, and that he even delivered handphones and briefcases to several judges. He also alleged that he was instructed to pay the handphone bills of a former inspector-general of police.
In a related development, ACA deputy director-general (I) Datuk Abu Kassim Mohamed told Bernama that recording Balan's statement was part of the agency's investigations.
"Following this, we hope to see new leads in the case," he said.
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Lingam dismisses brother's allegations as baseless
PETALING JAYA (Nov 19, 2007): Lawyer Datuk V.K. Lingam today dismissed as baseless the allegations of corruption made against him by his brother K.V. Thirunama Karasu in a March 19 police report. In a signed statement faxed to theSun, Lingam, who was featured in a 2002 video clip apparently brokering judicial appointments with a Datuk, described his brother as suffering from psychiatric problems and that he had made similar allegations against him to the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) in 1998. His statement was in response to several newspaper reports today regarding two police reports lodged on March 16 and 19 by Thirunama Karasu, 50, who is also known as Balan. "In 1998, Balan made several statements to the ACA, which allegations were similar to those made in his two police reports," said Lingam. "I was of course not privy to those statements but as a result, I was thoroughly investigated in 1998 by the ACA. I believe that the ACA did not pursue any action on the allegations made by Balanb as they and the Attorney-General's Chambers were aware of Balan's psychiatric condition. "Furthermore, the allegations were, in any event, baseless." He said Balan had also made the same allegations to several "prominent individuals", who declined to take matters further as they would have also realised his condition. "It is my greatest regret that Balan is now being used, manipulated and exploited by persons who certainly do not have his interest in mind but that of their own selfish motives and agenda. "Their attempts to sensationalise these baseless allegations will prove to be unfounded." Lingam admitted that Balan and he had had many serious differences on issues concerning the family, as a result of which they had "fallen out completely since late 1997". He also claimed that Balan had lost his job at Tenaga Nasional Berhad. Thirunama Karasu's March 16 report was about him being tailed, and that he feared for his and his family's safety. The March 19 report contained explosive allegations against Lingam of offers of gifts to a former top judge, a former police top brass and a former top officer of the Attorney-General's Chambers. He alleged that he and another brother were involved, either jointly or individually in delivering the gifts in 1996.
His report was revealed to the press by Malaysian Democratic Party (MDP) secretary-general Wee Choo Keong on Sunday.(ABOVE) Among other things, he alleged that he delivered a new leather briefcase, a wallet and a lady's leather bag to a former top judge's house in 1996, and four handphones to the former top judge and two former judges. He also alleged that he saw Lingam hand over a cheque for RM50,000 to a former industrial court chairman. Thirunama Karasu had also claimed that in 1998, Lingam had sent three lawyers to get him to make a false statement and told him to get himself admitted for two years in Hospital Bahagia (a psychiatric hospital), but that he refused. He said he was also told to act depressed and mentally unstable and to get admission to
ACA director-general Datuk Ahmad Said Hamdan could not be reached for commen
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Lawyer V.K. Lingam's brother lodges 'explosive' report
Maria J. Dass
PETALING JAYA (Nov 19, 2007): A brother of prominent lawyer Datuk V.K. Lingam has lodged a police report against him, containing explosive allegations of offers of gifts to a former top judge, a former police top brass, and a former top officer of the Attorney-General's Chambers. Electrician K.V. Thirunanama Karasu, 50, made the report on March 19 this year, in which he said he and another brother were involved, either individually or jointly, in delivering the gifts in 1996. This report is pursuant to another report which he lodged three days earlier at Kelana Jaya where he alleged that he was being followed and watched and that he feared for his life and safety of his family, because of a report he had wanted to lodge against Lingam and all those involved.
The March 19 police report was given to reporters today by Malaysian Democratic Party (MDP) secretary- general Wee Choo Keong (pix), who said Thirunama Karasu called him 10 days ago for help and subsequently gave him a copy of his report. Thirunama Karasu was not present at today's press conference at the MDP office at SS2.(BELOW)
Police on Sunday were not able to confirm receiving the report but a source said such reports are usually referred to the Federal Commercial Crimes Investigations Department and if any elements of corruption are found, the department will liaise with the Anti-Corruption Agency. In his report, Thirunama Karasu named the gifts that he delivered:
* A new leather briefcase (containing some documents), a wallet and a lady's leather handbag, delivered to a former top judge's house in 1996.
* Three bowls of soup prepared by a brother's wife for the former top judge's wife who was sick at that time (no date given).
* Four handphones and one extra battery to the former top judge and two former judges.
Thirunama Karasu also alleged that in 1995, he saw Lingam handing over a cheque for RM50,000 to a former industrial court chairman. In that year, he also witnessed a dinner hosted by Lingam at his house in SS7, Kelana Jaya, for the former top judge and a former senior judge and their wives and children. Thirunama Karasu also alleged that he had driven Lingam to the former top judge's house, usually at about , and the latter would be carrying a big bundle of files. But when he returned to pick him up between and , he would be carrying a single file. His police report also alleged that in 1996, he received cash from Lingam to settle a handphone bill in the name of a former top policeman. Thirunama Karasu also recounted an incident in 1996, in which his brother instructed him, another sibling and a family friend to withdraw large sums of money from a bank in Jalan Sultan Ismail upon receiving information that the Anti-Corruption Agency was going to Lingam’s office to investigate the Perwaja Steel corruption case.
Some of the money was banked into his and the family friend's accounts and five bank drafts for 60,000 pound sterling each were later banked into his account, and the accounts of five other people in
"They put fear into me during the 1998 ACA investigations and I told them that in 1998, the first and third statement which I gave ACA was true and the second statement was false," he added. Wee said there was no link between the sources of the 14-minute video clip released by Parti Keadilan Rakyat adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in September and Thirunama Karasu's police report. He said the decision to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate the video clip as announced by the prime minister on Friday should also take into account the contents of this police report.
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Lingam ready to cooperate
By EDDIE CHUA; STAR
He also refused to discuss anything pertaining to the videoclip. The clip supposedly shows a prominent lawyer talking on the phone with a senior judge about the appointment of the Chief Justice in 2002. The clip was the subject of an investigation by a three-man independent panel set up by the Government on Sept 25. The panel, comprising former Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Haidar Mohd Noor, former Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mahadev Shankar and social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, concluded their investigation before the Nov 8 deadline. Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz and Home Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Radzi Sheikh Ahmad were directed to study the reports by the panel. They will brief the Cabinet tomorrow. On Friday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had said a Royal Commission would be established to inquire into the videoclip based on the report submitted by the independent panel. In Parliament House yesterday, Nazri said the details and composition of the commission as well as its terms of reference would be discussed at tomorrow’s Cabinet meeting. “The details will be known then,” he told reporters. Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang meanwhile called for the Royal Commission to be empowered to look into all aspects that affect the independence and integrity of the judiciary. He said the commission should not be investigating only the videoclip but also the judiciary
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Senior lawyer: Brother being manipulated
PETALING JAYA: Lawyer Datuk V.K. Lingam regrets that his younger brother, who lodged two police reports against him, has been made used of by people with their own agenda.
“It is my greatest regret that he is now being used, manipulated and exploited by persons who certainly do not have his interest in mind but that of their own selfish motives and agenda,” he said in a statement yesterday. Wee: Was mentioned in the videoclip purportedly showing the brokering of the appointment of judges. It was reported that Lingam’s brother, Thirunama Karasu, an electrician who is also known as Balan, had lodged two police reports on March 16 and March 19.
The reports, which were made public by Malaysian Democratic Party secretary-general Wee Choo Keong during a press conference on Sunday, contained allegations against Lingam, retired judges, retired top court officials and a former high-ranking police officer. Lingam said the attempts by these people to sensationalise the baseless allegations would prove to be unfounded. He said his brother was suffering from health problems and that they had fallen out completely since late 1997 after experiencing serious differences on family issues. He said Balan had made several statements to the Anti-Corruption Agency and the allegations were similar to those made in his two police reports. “I was of course not privy to those statements but as a result, I was thoroughly investigated in 1998 by the ACA. “Furthermore, the allegations were, in any event, baseless,” he said. Lingam has been implicated in a videoclip which purportedly showed a senior lawyer brokering the appointment of judges. Wee, whom the
BCKGROUND - the police reports
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fromRocky's notes: The following is the content of Police Report [report no Kelana Jaya A/002187/07] lodged on