Raghavan Gopinath v Public Prosecutor

CourtMagistrates' Court (Singapore)
JudgeAdam Nakhoda
Judgment Date11 January 2001
Neutral Citation[2001] SGMC 4
Citation[2001] SGMC 4
Published date19 April 2005





Citation: MA No 353 of 2000/01; OA No 210 of 2000
Jurisdiction: Singapore
Date: 2001:01:11
2000:12:04; 2000:11:15
Court: Subordinate Courts
Coram: Adam Nakhoda, Magistrate

Deputy Public Prosecutor: Mr Sunari Kateni

Defence Counsel: Mr Subbiah



1. The accused pleaded guilty to the following charge under section 141(1)(a) of the Bankruptcy Act and punishable under section 146 of the same Act.

    Male aged 43 years
    NRIC No. S1217012B

    are charged that you, having been adjudged a bankrupt on 6th March 1992, did, on 2nd April 1997, obtain credit from M/S Asia Emas Moneylenders, for a sum of S$10,000.00 without disclosing to the licensed moneylender that you were an undischarged bankrupt and you have thereby committed an offence under Section 141(1)(a) of the Bankruptcy Act (Chapter 20) and punishable under Section 146 of the same Act.

2. The prescribed punishment under section 146 is a fine not exceeding $10,000 or imprisonment for a term not to exceed 3 years or both. The prescribed punishment was read to the accused and he confirmed that he understood the nature and consequences of his plea.

The Statement of Facts

3. The accused admitted without qualification the following Statement of Facts (Exhibit A):


    1 Raghavan Gopinath, holder of Singapore NRIC No S1217012B (hereinafter called the "Accused") of 206, Petir Road #07-591 Singapore 670206 was adjudged a bankrupt by the High Court on 6th March 1992 in Bankruptcy No. 3089 of 1991. He is still an undischarged bankrupt.

    2. Investigations revealed that, on 2nd April 1997, the Accused together with one Premdas s/o Balakrishnan, holder of Singapore NRIC No. S2189100B ("Premdas"), one Heng Peng Soon, holder of Singapore NRIC No. S0655477F and another subject only known as Baghavan visited the office of M/S Asia Emas Moneylender, a licensed moneylender, located at 401 MacPherson Road #02-28A Great Eastern Hotel, Singapore 368125. Therein, the Accused obtained a loan of $10,000 from one Mdm Ooi Cheng Huah (NRIC N0. S2510652J), the sole-proprietor of M/S Asia Emas Moneylender (hereinafter called the "Complainant").

    3. The Accused appended his signature on a Promissory Note and on a Memorandum of Agreement evidencing the said loan received by him from M/S Asia Emas Moneylenders. Premdas also appended his signature as a guarantor. The Complainant then signed on the Promissory Note. At no time did the Accused inform the complainant that he was an undischarged bankrupt.

    4. The Accused signed a voucher on the same day and acknowledged receipt of a Standard Chartered Bank cheque No. 568459 for a sum of S$10,000.00 from the Complainant. The said Standard Chartered Bank cheque bore the name of the Accused and was marked as "Account Payee Only".

    5. Investigations further revealed that the said cheque was banked into a POSB bank account (Account No. 149-14206-1), belonging to the Accused, on 2nd April 1997. The POSB account was opened by...

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