8 April 2019
PUTRAJAYA: Businessman G. Gnanaraja, 38, who is already facing charges of cheating will be hauled to court again over 68 money laundering offences involving RM11.4mil.
He is to be charged at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court today.
He was arrested at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters around 11.40am yesterday after prosecutors received the go-ahead from the Attorney-General’s Chambers.
“There are multiple charges against him with money involved said to be RM11.4mil,” said a source.
In return, Gnanaraja would help “settle” an ongoing investigation by anti-graft officers on Consortium Zenith Constructions Sdn Bhd, the main contractor of the Penang undersea tunnel project.
He pleaded not guilty.
4 April 2019
SHAH ALAM: A businessman accused of graft claimed trial at the Sessions Court here today to three charges of cheating a company director in the Penang undersea tunnel project.
G Gnanaraja was accused of cheating Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd executive director Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli of RM19 million between July and August 2017 at various locations in Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur.
Gnanaraja was said to have deceived Zarul into believing that he could help the latter close money laundering investigations against him by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
If convicted under Section 420 of the Penal Code, Gnanaraja faces a maximum jail term of 10 years, a fine and whipping.
Sessions Court judge Rozina Salleh set bail at RM100,000 with one surety and ordered him to surrender his passport.
The court also set May 6 for mention.
Gnanaraja was represented by lawyer Geethan Ram Vincent while deputy public prosecutor Umar Saifuddin Jaafar appeared for the prosecution.
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G Gnanaraja is said to have cheated Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli into paying him to close money laundering investigations by MACC.
Confirmed: Pahang palace has revoked Gnanaraja’s Datuk Seri title
Wednesday, 3 Apr 2019
KUANTAN: The Pahang palace has revoked businessman G. Gnanaraja’s “Datuk Seri” title, the state government has confirmed.
State secretary Datuk Seri Dr Sallehuddin Ishak said in a letter dated March 13 that the Sri Sultan Ahmad Shah Pahang award, which was conferred on Gnanaraja on March 19, 2014, had been revoked and cancelled with immediate effect.
The award, which carries the title “Datuk Seri”, was granted in conjunction with Paduka Ayahanda Sultan Ahmad Shah’s 83rd birthday.
Dr Sallehuddin also said Gnanaraja would not be allowed to use the “Datuk Seri” title any longer and must return the award to the protocol and official events management division of the state secretary’s office.
A check with the division found that Gnanaraja had yet to return the medal.
Earlier Wednesday, Malaysiakini reported that the businessman denied having been stripped of his title.
“(I’m) still Datuk Seri. That is just a rumour,” the news portal quoted him as saying at the Shah Alam Sessions Court.