Inquest put off after new documents claim

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 28 Dec 2005

SHAH ALAM: The inquest into the death of ophthalmologist Dr Rajamalika Kandiah was postponed yesterday to allow all parties to obtain new documents pertaining to the case. 

Deputy Public Prosecutor Ariff Azami Hussein, who is conducting the inquest before coroner Suriyanilakma Abd Kadir, applied for the postponement on behalf of all involved. 

Counsel D.P. Vijandran and S. Bala are holding watching briefs for the deceased’s son from her first marriage Bala Saravanan Bala Rajentharen, and her second husband Sivaraj Raja Ratnam, respectively. 

The decision to request a postponement was made after both Bala Saravanan’s and Sivaraj’s representatives made it known that they each had documents that were in their favour. 

Suriyanilakma then granted the postponement to allow the par-ties concerned to obtain copies of the documents. 

Dr Rajamalika, then 44, was admitted to a private hospital on Aug 13, 1998, for high fever and dehydration.  

She was transferred to the University Malaya Medical Centre four days later and died on Aug 29 after her condition deteriorated. 

Although the autopsy findings were consistent with dengue haemorrhagic fever, tests on her blood samples revealed a level of arsenic that was above normal. 

Chemist Cecilia Pakiam from the Chemistry Department had testified in October that Dr Rajamalika’s blood samples contained 55mg of arsenic per 100ml. 

She had added that any amount above 60mg was considered acute arsenic poisoning as the accepted level is below 7mg. The lethal level is about 900mg per 100ml. 

The inquest will be heard on Feb 21 and March 7.  

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