Chennai: Senior Partner of RK Kumar & Co (a leading chartered accountant firm) and one of the well-known auditors in the city, C R Sundararajan, passed away at a private hospital this morning.
He was 57. He is survived by two sons and sister Chitra Santhakrishnan. His wife had pre-deceased him.
Sundararajan, who was hospitalised a couple of days ago due to a heart ailment, succumbed to it this morning. The cremation was carried out later in the afternoon at Besant Nagar.
Sundararajan, more known to his friends and acquaintances by the name Ravi, was a leading light among the auditors in the city. He was a well-respected name in the field as he was a thorough professional who also brought the all-important personal touch to his work and dealings.
Ravi, brother of R K Kumar, a former Union Minister of State for Finance and the founder of the eponymous auditing firm, was an affable and friendly person, something which was reflected in the fact that several people from his wide circle of friends, fellow professionals and clients turned up to pay their last respects.
R K Kumar & Co has been the auditing firm for News Today and its sister publication Maalai Sudar since their inception.
Ravi also served as the coopted member of the Central Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and was the office-bearer of the Society of Auditors at Chennai. Besides this, he was a member of Chartered Accountants Study Circle, Chennai. He was also an active member of Freemasons.
B R Ashok, G Naganathan and S Raju who are also partners of R K Kumar & Co, said Ravi's death was a huge loss to them personally and also to their firm.
Among those who paid their last respects included Chandini Kumar, wife of R K Kumar, Rajiv and Divya, son and daughter of R K Kumar, T R Jawahar, Chairman and Managing Director, News Today, Maalai Sudar and Talk Media Publications, C Murali, Director, Finance, News Today, Maalai Sudar and Talk Media Publications.