Serious false allegations in dead prison inmate's family's claim: MHA

Serious false allegations in dead prison inmate's family's claim: MHA

SINGAPORE - The Government has issued a statement regarding the civil suit filed against it by the family of an inmate who had died in prison.

Dinesh Raman Chinnaiah's mother, who is represented by lawyers M. Ravi and Eugene Thuraisingam, is contesting the official account of events, and says her son had died from "intentional assault".

In a statement issued on Friday evening, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) says that the claim filed by the family contains serious allegations that are false and which cast aspersions on the integrity of the prison service, police investigations and the criminal justice system.

Read the full statement by MHA here:

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has reviewed the notice of a civil suit served on the Government by the counsel for the family of the late Dinesh Raman s/o Chinnaiah ("Dinesh Raman") on 12 September 2013.

The claim filed by the family contains serious allegations that are false and which cast aspersions on the integrity of the prison service, police investigations and the criminal justice system.

MHA notes that the counsel for the family, Mr M Ravi, has stated that the Court should determine the facts. MHA agrees, and also notes that it was the family and its lawyers who started making statements in public about the facts, which were then reprinted and commented on, without regard to the truth or the fact that the matter was before the Court. The Government would normally have dealt with the false allegations made in the claim in Court.

But since Mr M Ravi, has chosen to make the allegations public on 11 September 2013, even before formally serving the writ on the Government on 12 September 2013, MHA is issuing this response to correct some of the falsehoods.

The Statement of Claim also contains several other statements. Most of these were first presented in Court, by the AGC, during the criminal proceedings against DSP Lim. It is also untrue to suggest that the government declined to conduct a Coroner's Inquiry. The Inquiry was discontinued without objection from the family, because the facts had been ascertained in the criminal proceedings.

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