Kuala Lumpur, 21 June – ‘21- In 2015, Tamil Malar (tamil news daily) published two articles and a caricature alleging that Tan Sri Datuk Nadraja was a thief and had misused his position as Chairman of the Maha Mariamman Dhevasthanam Kuala Lumpur by misappropriating monies donated by the public.
A defamation suit was brought by Tan Sri Datuk Nadraja against the publisher and Managing Director of the Tamil Malar as well as the journalist responsible for the Publications.
In defence of the Publications, the defendants took the position that they were true and there was a duty to make such information known to the public.
On 26.1.2018, after full trial, the Kuala Lumpur High Court allowed Tan Sri Datuk Nadraja’s defamation claim and found that the defences carried no merit.
The High Court also found that there was no truth in the allegation that the Batu Caves temple funds had been misappropriated by Tan Sri Datuk Nadraja. The decision by the Kuala Lumpur High Court was upheld by the Court of Appeal this morning as the Court of Appeal also found that the Publications defamed Tan Sri Datuk Nadraja and were blatantly false.
The Court of Appeal further ordered that damages be paid to Tan Sri Datuk Nadraja in the sum of RM240,000.00 to be apportioned as follows: –
a) RM 120,000.00 payable by the publisher of the Tamil Malar, City Team Media Sdn Bhd;
b) RM 80,000.00 payable by the Managing Director of the Tamil Malar, S.M Periasamy; and
c) RM 40,000.00 payable by the journalist of the Tamil Malar, Rajesh a/l Manimaran.
The Court of Appeal maintained the award of costs in the High Court at RM220,000.00 and made a further order as to costs for the Appeal in the sum of RM10,000.00. — Kuala Lumpur Post