Kuala Lumpur , 2 June 2021 – Arun Doraisamy, 51, was charged today at the Selayang Sessions Court for spreading false news related to the alleged loss of 220kg gold ingot at the Sri Mahamariamman Dhevasthanam Batu Caves Temple last year.
The accused, pleaded not guilty after the charges were read to him by Sessions Court Judge Nur Rajiah Mat Zin today.
According to the charge sheet, Arun on February 6, 2020 around 4.27 pm had via his Facebook profile with full conscience made and initiated fake information with the intention of insulting others.
The statement was made intentionally and deliberately, intimidating the public, especially the temple devotees. This allegation was denied by the management of Sri Maha Mariamman temple.
Arun was charged under section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and if convicted he could be fined not more than RM50,000 or jailed not more than one year or both.
Arun was then allowed bail of RM6,000 by a Malaysian surety before setting July 1 for re -mention of the case.
It is understood that initially bail of RM8,000 was offered but the accused requested for the amount to be reduced due to pandemic and his financial capacity.
Apart from Arun, Thaneletchumy Raman was also charged under the same act, for using the Whatspp application to spread false news about the loss of gold ingot on February 11 last year.
Thaneletchumy asked to be tried and bailed at RM5,000 with one surety.
This fake news has resulted in anxiety and confusion among devotees and impugn the Temple Management.
The management of Sri Mariamman Temple led by Tan Sri Nadarajah revealed that this news was deliberately spread by individuals with ulterior motive to degrade the administration of the temple among the devotees.
The temple Board of Trustees then unanimously decided to lodge a police report against the individuals who had spread false news with the intention of inciting public outcry against the temple management. – Kuala Lumpur Post