Sometime between 1994 and 1996 , a matter went before the Department of Industrial Relations for reconciliation.
The matter was brought by a lawyer said to be named Geetha Menon (GM), who had been dismissed from her position as legal assistant (LA) at VK Lingam and Co.
GM claimed that she was sacked for refusing to personally courier a quantity of cash to a then sitting judge.
Seeking reinstatement before the Industrial Court (for that is the objective of hearings before the Court), she had first to attend a reconciliation hearing.
At this point, the dear girl fell into a trap of her own making. Representatives of VK Lingam and Co offered to take her back, to which her response was something along the lines of " I would never want to work or you again".
Needless to say, the Department then decided that the matter should not be referred to the Industrial Court.
The above information was gained from the so-called Bowman papers ( http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/1181) as well as then senior employees of the Department.
However, there is now this report lodged by VK Lingam's brother, Balan which in part reads:
2) IN 1995 I WITNESS MY BROTHER DATO V. KANAGALINGAM CORRUPTING A FORMER INDUSTRIALIST COURT CHAIRMAN MR SATCHI WHERE I SAW MY BROTHER HANDING OVER A CHEQUE IN THE SUM OF RM 50,000.00.
This raises the question whether Geetha Menon's matter not being referred had something to do with this payment.