July 14, 2011, Thursday
CHENNAI: The year-long deft silence on the part of the Malaysian federal police over the arrest of Michael Soosai, wanted in Malaysia for a series of high-profile commercial crimes and murder, have left the Indian authorities baffled.
That the Home Ministry has yet to seek the 53-year-old suspect’s extradition — despite Malaysia and India signing an extradition treaty last year to stem cross-border crimes — has raised a myriad of questions.
Soosai, who was once on Interpol’s ‘Wanted List’ for many years, is currently languishing in the Chennai Central Prison.
Among others, he allegedly faked his own death in 2002 to cash out on his insurance policy and fled to South India. There, he was linked to the murder of a Malaysian bus driver in Kanchipuram District as his (Soosai’s) daughter was said to have eloped with the victim’s son.
Thus, the Indian police are miffed over the muted response from the Federal Police Headquarters in Bukit Aman as the latter appears to be thumbing its nose at the Indo-Malaysian extradition treaty.
“We have written to the relevant Malaysian authorities numerous times regarding the suspect, believed to be Michael Soosai, who was arrested in Chennai.
“But, we have yet to receive any directive from Malaysia to take further action on the case. Local police and Soosai’s lawyer have also approached us on this matter,” Anuar Kasman, Malaysia’s Consul-General in Chennai told Bernama in an interview yesterday.
Soosai lived in exile for nearly a decade, making southern India his home and carried out inter-state criminal activities, mostly duping Indians of their money, jewellery and luxury vehicles.
“I am very sure there has not been a single request from the Malaysian police over the extradition of this person. India and Malaysia are Commonwealth countries, there is a treaty to extradite a person.
“Besides, if he is on Interpol’s Wanted List, why haven’t the Malaysian police sought his custody,” asked Soosai’s lawyer M Shreedhar.
After a long cross-border hunt, Andhra Pradesh police arrested Soosai, along with his wife and two children, at a city hotel in Chennai last year. — Bernama
Investigations revealed that the former fugitive had been operating under various pseudo names –- Karunaraj @ Rajasekaran @ Dharmaraj @ GK Raj.
A pile of fraud cases have also been slapped on him.
In January, last year, Malaysia and India signed an extradition treaty to stem cross-border crimes.