PETALING JAYA: Prominent lawyer Datuk V.K. Lingam is offering a RM50,000 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest of two suspects who are believed to be involved in the death of his youngest brother.
The lawyer stated that his brother and sisters were deeply aggrieved and shocked by the death of their youngest sibling Rajendram Veluppillai, 52 who they affectionately call “Raj”.
“Raj was the youngest among seven of us and was a very religious person who loved to get involved in temple matters.
“My brother never married and had graduated from the University of Buckingham, United Kingdom with the Degree of Bachelor of Laws in 1993,” Lingam said in a press statement on Sunday.
He urged the police to apprehend the two remaining suspects believed to have been involved in the death of his brother and was prepared to help in their efforts.
“We, as a family, hereby offer a lump sum reward of RM50,000.00 to any person or persons who provides information to the police leading to the arrest of the 2 or any other suspects involved in the murder of Raj,” Lingam said.
After speaking to temple authorities at the Avdiar Muniswarar Hindu temple, in Bandar Puteri Puchong, Lingam also denied allegations that his brother had been stealing temple funds as reported in the media
“Temple authorities said Raj had been staying at the temple and assisting for the past two and half weeks.
“Only about five to 10 devotees come to the temple daily on average and the temple collection during this period was less than RM50 and even then the money is placed in a donation box which is handled by the temple treasurer,” Lingam explained.
Rajendram is believed to have died at 3am on Tuesday shortly after three men beat him up following an argument at a temple.
The victim managed to escape and drove his car to a petrol station about 1km away for help.
However, Rajendram collapsed and died shortly after relating to a worker there he was beaten up by several men.
Police had arrested a 30-year-old labourer and were looking for the other two more suspects aged 29 and 30.
During the Royal Commission of Inquiry on the controversial Lingam video clip in 2008, an application had been made for Rajendram to testify.
However, the commission decided it was unnecessary based on a statement he had submitted.