SINGAPORE: The government has responded to the civil suit filed by the family of Dinesh Raman Chinnaiah, the inmate who died in prison three years ago.
In a statement issued on Friday, the Home Affairs Ministry said "there is absolutely no basis for the false allegations" contained in the claim filed by lawyer M Ravi for the family.
The ministry said the government would normally have dealt with the false allegations in Court.
But it issued a response to correct what it says are "falsehoods" stated by Mr Ravi, who chose to make the allegations public on 11 September, even before formally serving the writ on the government on 12 September.
Among the allegations refuted by the ministry is that the government declined to conduct a coroner's inquiry into Dinesh Raman's death.
The ministry said the inquiry was discontinued without objection from the family as the facts had been ascertained during the criminal proceedings.
Also false are the allegations that prison officers ignored the physical symptoms that Dinesh Raman's body presented and that the inmate had died due to assault by the officers.
The ministry said Dinesh Raman had kicked a prison officer in the abdomen in an unprovoked attack and that this officer was not the same one alleged to have had a prior verbal exchange with him.
Symptoms exhibited by Dinesh Raman, such as breathlessness, were consistent with the restraint operation and had been addressed by prison officers.
The ministry added the State has offered a compensation quantum to the family based on the premise that Dinesh Raman would have gone on to ITE and had a stable job.
Officers from the Home Affairs Ministry, including a Tamil-speaking staff, have engaged the family and Mr Ravi on their compensation claim.
The ministry said the family has not submitted a formal claim.
The family has also not taken up the ministry's offer to facilitate a meeting with the state pathologist to explain the cause of death.
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