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Dead prisoner's mum settles suit

SETTLEMENT: The mother of Dinesh Raman has reached a settlement with the Government over his death in prison.


    Apr 24, 2014

    Dead prisoner's mum settles suit

    THE mother of an inmate who died in prison more than three years ago has withdrawn all her legal actions against the State, after reaching an "amicable settlement" with the Government last week.

    The settlement sum - proposed by Madam Selvi Narayanasamy, 45 - is confidential. But a joint statement released yesterday by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Madam Selvi said it was "at a level which the Government had indicated from the start it was prepared to consider".

    The Government had admitted responsibility for the death of Dinesh Raman Chinnaiah, 21, and offered a compensation sum on Sept 10 last year which Madam Selvi turned down.

    The settlement brings to a close the saga over the death of Dinesh Raman, who suffered breathing difficulties after being placed chest down and left in an isolation cell following an attack on a warden on Sept 27, 2010.

    In July last year, senior prison officer Lim Kwo Yin, 36, pleaded guilty to causing death by a negligent act and was fined $10,000.

    Mr Lim, a deputy superintendent, was supervising a group of seven officers at Changi Prison who were trying to subdue Dinesh Raman after he kicked a prison officer in the abdomen.

    After Mr Lim's conviction, a coroner's inquiry into the death was halted, a move which led to questions in the media.

    In August, Second Minister for Home Affairs S. Iswaran said in Parliament that the Government accepted responsibility for the death and would compensate Dinesh Raman's family.

    The family then called for the coroner's inquiry to be reopened but the Attorney-General's Chambers rejected the bid.

    Madam Selvi later filed an application for a judicial review in the High Court, challenging the coroner's decision not to proceed.

    Separately, she filed a civil suit against the Government seeking damages, despite the offer of compensation.

    Her bid for a judicial review was dismissed last October and an appeal was heard on April 8 by the Court of Appeal, which reserved judgment.

    Things took a twist one week later when Madam Selvi and the Government arrived at a settlement.

    The settlement is "on a full and final basis, in relation to all claims, disputes, issues and matters whatsoever relating to, arising from or in connection with the death of Dinesh Raman", yesterday's statement said.