August 25


Sanjeevan charged for claiming he has UK degrees

MyWatch chairman R. Sanjeevan claimed trial on Thursday at the Magistrate’s Court for allegedly claiming he has university degrees from the United Kingdom. FreeMalaysiaToday’s Ho Kit Yen reports:


Magistrate Mohd Faizal Ismail set bail for Sanjeevan at RM5,000 with a surety.

He fixed October 26 as the next mention date.

Sanjeevan was charged under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of a property. According to the charge sheet, he was said to have committed the offence at Cheras Leisure Mall here on 1 June 2013.

The accused was said to have deceived S. Sivam, a company director, into believing he has degrees in law and business administration from the United Kingdom.

His intention, according to the charge sheet, was to persuade Sivam to engage him as a consultant.

Sanjeevan allegedly also induced Sivam to hand over RM95,000 to him.

If convicted Sanjeevan will face up to 10 years in jail, whipping and fine or both.

Alternatively, he was also slapped with a charge under Section 417 for allegedly cheating Sivam to secure the consultant’s position.

Earlier, he was offered bail of RM20,000. His lawyer, Gobind Singh, argued it was excessive.

“He is facing four other charges in different courts,” he said. “He has spent RM23,500 so far to post bail.”

Gobind told the court that his client was ambushed on Wednesday in Damansara upon alighting from his car. “The police know he can be contacted,” complained the lawyer. “Yet, they still came to arrest him.”

Sanjeevan was not given medication and food during his overnight detention, he added.

His client will raise the issue of police arrest and treatment in detention during the trial, stressed Gobind.

Sanjeevan also faces two charges in the Temerloh and Kuala Lumpur Magistrate Courts. He has been charged with blackmail.

He also claimed trial last month at the Sessions and Magistrate Courts in Seremban for allegedly hiring a foreigner without valid papers and blackmailing a man for RM25,000.

He was previously detained under the Prevention of Crime Act (Poca) for 21 days to facilitate police investigations.

The High Court allowed his bid for habeas corpus and freed him from detention.