Malaysian court to begin inquest in Indian origin actress’s death

February 14th, 2009 - 4:20 pm ICT by IANS  

Kuala Lumpur, Feb 14 (IANS) Eight people will testify next month in the inquest into the death of Malaysian Tamil singer and actress K. Sujatha, who died 20 months ago after swallowing a weed killer.

Coroner Mohammed Faizi Che Abu fixed three days from March 16 for the enquiry after deputy public prosecutor Geethan Ram Vincent appeared in the court along with Sujatha’s family lawyer K. Kumaraendran and S. Satharuban, counsel for one of the doctors who had treated Sujatha and other parties involved.

Sujatha, 29, died on June 25, 2007 at a hospital where she had been admitted four days earlier after swallowing a weed killer.

Police initially termed it a sudden death but later said there were “some criminal elements” linked to the case, the New Straits Times reported Saturday.

Sujatha, a singer, had also acted in several Tamil dramas, movies and commercials. Her last acting stints were in local movies “Noorhalizah” and “Yantra”.

She was also the former personal secretary to Vell Paari, son of Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) president S. Samy Vellu.

Paari was the managing director of Maika Holdings, a commercial front of the party.

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