GEORGE TOWN – The grandson of the late tycoon and philanthropist N.T.S. Arumugam Pillai claimed trial in a Sessions Court on a charge of using a forged document as the will of his grandfather more than 20 years ago.
Datuk N. Vasantharajan, who is also the Malaysian Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MICCI) Penang president and former Queen Street Mariamman Temple committee chairman, was charged with fraudulently using a document, which he knew was or had reason to believe to be a forged document, as a genuine will of the late tycoon.
Vasantharajan, who operates a trading and travel agency, allegedly committed the offence at the High Court in George Town Court Complex in Light Street on June 26, 1990.
He denied the offence as the charge was read out in Bahasa Malaysia and translated into English by a court interpreter.
The offence under Section 471 of the Penal Code, read under Section 467, carries a jail sentence of up to 20 years and fine upon conviction.
DPP Lim Saw Sim proposed bail at RM50,000.
Vasantharajan’s counsel Dev Kumaraendran and Datuk Gobal Krishnan, said they had no objection and agreed to the proposed bail without condition.
Sessions judge Irwan Suainbon allowed bail at RM50,000 with a surety and fixed mention for April 10. Bail was posted.
Arumugam had owned huge tracts of land in the northern region including the Taman Ria land in Sungai Petani (formerly UP Estate)
On the island, he owned land in Gelugor including the present Minden Heights.
He was also the Penang MIC chairman for a brief period when Tunku Abdul Rahman was Prime Minister.
He was a pioneer in selling land through fragmentation in the 60s from which he built his wealth.