IPOH: There was drama at the High Court here when a man tried to pass himself off as a former Court of Appeal judge and attempted to bail a man accused of car theft.
Justice Datuk Zainal Adzam Abd Ghani was presiding over an appeal case yesterday and was taken aback when a man stood up from where he was sitting in the public gallery.
He informed the court that he wanted to bail the accused, who was appealing his conviction.
The judge, suspecting something was amiss, questioned the man’s credentials. The man claimed to be a retired appellate judge.
Justice Zainal Adzam then ordered the court police to remove the 73-year-old man from the courtroom.
It is learnt that the man had earlier tried to meet Justice Zainal Adzam in chambers but was refused.
The man had also handed over a name card claiming to be a “Datuk” and was from a “Mandate Legal Council”, which does not exist.
Justice Zainal Adzam would be lodging a police report today.
When approached by reporters, the man denied having uttered that he was a former appellate judge.
He added that he was formerly an employee at the South African embassy before leaving the court.