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Businessman moves to get back ‘property’

 | August 25, 2012

'Oms' Thiagarajan to apply for court order to take possession of printing machine housed at his rival Makkal Osai's premises

KUALA LUMPUR: Businessman ‘Oms’ Thiagarajan plans to seek a court declaration that he is the lawful owner of a printing machine housed at the premises of a local Tamil daily.

The Klang based businessman said he would get a court order allowing him to remove the machine from the premises of his ‘rival’, Makkal Osai.

On Aug 16, Makkal Osai reported that Thiagarajan had tried to block the printing of the paper as he owned printing machine.

The machine, according to the  report, was formerly owned by Makkal Osai general manager SM Periasamy’s son-in-law M Mathialagan, who subsequently sold it to Thiagarajan.

Thiagarajan claimed that since the printing machine was his, he had the right to dismantle the machine and remove it from Makkal Osai’s premises.

Makkal Osai managing director S Sunther said the newspaper’s management was willing to return the machine to Thiagarajan if he could prove that he owned the machine.

Thiagarajan, however, claimed Sunther, did not walk the talk as he had refused to handover the printing machine despite being shown evidence of ownership.

It is learnt that Sunther, son of former MIC deputy president S Subramaniam, met Thiagarajan on Aug 16 to discuss the matter.

Tenancy agreement

Also present at the meeting were Makkal Osai general manager Periasamy and the Tamil daily’s former panel lawyer K Saraswathy.

“Although, no decision was made at the meeting, Sunther agreed to provide a tenancy agreement to Thiagarajan so that the machine can remain at the Makkal Osai premises.

Thiagarajan, however, wants to dismantle the machine because it is on the newspaper’s premises.

“If he is given a tenancy agreement, then he will not dismantle the machine or move it.  Thiagarajan would allow the paper to use the machine for printing the paper.

“A verbal agreement was also reached for Sunther’s other paper, Thina Kural, to be printed using the same machine,” said Periasamy.

“The next day, Sunther met Saraswathy to discuss the tenancy arrangement and terms for printing,” he added.

However the deal went sour when Sunther subsequently issued a press statement saying that there was no shread of evidence that the machine belonged to Thiagarajan.

“So, I have decided to go to court and get an order. They did not give me a tenancy agreement and also stopped me from taking the machine out of their premises,” said Thiagarajan.

He said this was purely a business deal and that he had no intention of blocking the printing of Makkal Osai, which is now being printed using the machine of a rival newspaper.

The matter would be heard at the Shah Alam High Court on Sept 20.


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