Malaysian Crime Watch Task Force (MyWatch) chairman Datuk R. Sri Sanjeevan (right) arrives at KL Magistrate’s Court where he claimed trial for an extortion charge. Pix by SADDAM YUSOFF.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Crime Watch Task Force (MyWatch) chairman Datuk R. Sri Sanjeevan today claimed trial at the magistrate's court to an extortion charge.

Sanjeevan, 31, is alleged to have put one Mohamad Azhan Hamza, 32, in fear of injury in order to commit extortion at Restoran Marakesh, Jalan Raja Uda in Kampung Baru, near here, at about 9pm on May 22, 2014.

This is the third extortion charge leveled against Sanjeevan. He also has another charge of hiring an illegal immigrant.

Deputy public prosecutor Noor Elynna Hanim Abd Halim did not offer Sanjeevan bail.

Counsel Ravin Jay told the court his client's offence is not a life and death matter.

"This is not a serious offence that carries life imprisonment. In fact, bail has been offered in other courts where he has been charged with other similar offences and had posted up to RM21,000 in bail for the previous charges.

"He also has been brought up and down in the country to face all these charges."

Ravin requested the court to impose a RM1,000 bail on Sanjeevan.

Magistrate Ahmad Solihan Wahid set bail at RM2,500 in one surety and fixed Sept 8 for case mention.

Sanjeevan's wife posted bail.

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