KUALA LUMPUR: A businessman was charged at the Sessions Court here with duping a lawyer out of RM9 million seven years ago.
Sarwan Singh Kundan Singh, 52, however, pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him before judge Kamarudin Kamsun today.
According to the charge sheet, the accused had deceived the 56 year-old victim, to invest in multiple businesses including mining, a restaurant, and redevelopment of Medini Square.
Sarwan Singh’s action had prompted the victim to hand over RM9 million at her law firm office between March and June 2014.
The offence falls under Section 420 of the Penal Code and provides imprisonment for up to 10 years and whipping, and a fine upon conviction.
Deputy public prosecutor Nurul Khairiyah Shamsudin asked the court to impose RM500,000 bail against the accused.
However, counsel Datuk V. Manokaran who represented the accused pleaded for minimum bail stating that the accused is now facing bankruptcy.
The court set RM75,000 bail and ordered the accused to report to a nearby police station every month.
The court also fixed May 4 for mention.