Straits Law Practice LLC’s Mr Tan Jee Ming and Mr Balamurugan defended Mr Sakthikanesh Chidambaram and Mr Vandana Kumar Chidambaram, who pleaded guilty to one count of failing to report for enlistment and one count of remaining outside of Singapore without a valid exit permit respectively under the Enlistment Act. The two men remained out of Singapore without a valid exit permit and failed to report for enlistment for more than five years and more than three years respectively. However, both men went on to serve their national service.
After considering the mitigation plea tendered on behalf of the accused, the Court sentenced Mr Sakthikanesh Chidambaram to 3 weeks jail while Mr Vandana Kumar Chidambaram was given a fine of $6,000. They could have been jailed for up to S$10,000 and/or jailed for up to three years.