Singapore. Two Indian-origin ministers in Singapore have sued Lee Hsien Yang, the younger brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, for defamation over allegations they paid below-market rent for two government bungalows. Channel ‘News Asia’ reported in a report on Saturday that according to the hearing list released on the Singapore court website, the hearing in this case will be held on Tuesday (September 5) at 9 am.
Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam and Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan had sent a notice to Lee Hsien Yang in July, saying that if he did not apologise, withdraw his allegations and return to the colonial-era building on Redout Road, If they do not compensate for the loss related to the bungalows, a case will be filed against them. Shanmugam said in a Facebook post on July 27 that Yang had accused him and Balakrishnan of corrupt practices and working for personal gain. Shanmugam said that this allegation is wrong.
Shanmugam said that he had taken the Ridout Road property on rent as he was preparing to sell the ancestral house and not to make a profit. The issue of renting two properties on Ridout Road came to the fore in early May when opposition politician and Reform Party chief Kenneth Jeyaratnam questioned whether ministers were paying “less than the fair market value” for the bungalows. Lee Hsien Yang and his wife left the country in July 2022 after refusing to attend a police interview related to lying in judicial proceedings about the will of their late father and founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew. Was.
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