PETALING JAYA – No plea was recorded from the six accused of the abduction of property developer, including the former Batang Kali state assembly (ADUN) candidate from PKR.
The accused, Datuk Ramachandran Kandasamy, 50, who was a candidate during the 13th General Election representing PKR and five other including a Bangladeshi, Kasi Nasrul, 42, are charged over the abduction of businessman, Datuk Seri Arumugam Renganathan.
Besides Kasi, four other individuals aged between 26 and 56 namely Azhari Shahrom Shaihmi (56), Mohamad Durai Abdullah (52), Sheikh Ismail Sheikh Hassan (26) and Vikneswarar Nagenthiran (28) were also charged for abetting in the abduction.
The charges were read to them separately before Magistrate Mohamad Ikhwan Mohd Nasir.
The main accused, Ramachandran is charged for committing the offence on 10 June 2020, 10.30am at the Neighbourhood Park of Central Spine, Jalan Margosa, Bandar Sri Damansara abetting Azhari Shahrom, Kasi, Mohamad Durai, Sheikh Ismail and Vikneswaran in abducting Arumugam with the intention of getting a ransom amounting to RM153 million.
He was charged for committing the offence under Section 109 of the Penal Code read together with Section 3 of the Kidnapping Act 1961 which is punishable upon with death or imprisonment for life and also be liable to whipping.
The five other accused were also charged over the same offence of kidnapping Arumugam on the same date, time and venue.
All five were charged under Section 3 of the Kidnapping Act 1961 and Section 34 of the Penal Code.
Upon conviction, they are punishable with death, life imprisonment or whipping.
Ramachandran, who is also the main accused and five others nodded their head after the charges were read to them. Nevertheless, no plea was recorded.
The prosecution was led by Deputy Public Prosecutor, Judge Amir Abdul Hamid while Ramachandran was represented by his counsel, Sivaraj Retinasekharan. The five other accused were unrepresented.
Lawyer, Datuk Geethan Ram Vincent was present to observe the case, representing the family of the late Arumugam.
According to Sivaraj, his client has health problems such as hypertension and requested the court to instruct the police to provide medical services.
The Magistrate allowed the medical request for Ramachandran. However, he did not allow bail for all the accused and fixed 27 August for the management of the case.
Earlier, Selangor Criminal Investigation Director Datuk Fadzil Ahmat said that the body of the victim was found in the bushes at Batu 27 Jalan Rawang, Bestari Jaya, Rawang, Hulu Selangor on 29 June.
According to him, a house in Rawang was suspected to be used to hide the victim by the abductors.
All suspects were remanded for six days before the main suspect, Ramachandran was brought to the Magistrate Court in Petaling Jaya on 3 July before his remand was extended to seven more days until yesterday.
The body of the victim was sent to the Serdang Hospital for autopsy. However, the process of post-mortem could only take place beginning 2 July and the police are still awaiting the result of the autopsy. –MalaysiaGazette