KUALA LUMPUR: A former sales director of Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) is claiming that a domestic inquiry held by the company into his alleged abuse of power was a conspiracy to sack him.
Mohamed Puhad Mohamed Liza is seeking a High Court order to declare that the domestic inquiry on Jan 28 into allegations that he had abused his power to obtain payments from a TM partner, was invalid, defective and unlawful.
Mohamed Puhad claimed that the inquiry was designed to sack him without a proper hearing.
TM and seven other defendants, including two Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers, have applied to strike out his claim.
In its application, TM stated that the High Court is not a proper forum to hear Mohamed Puhad’s claim, which involves an internal process. Mohamed Puhad should have challenged his dismissal in the Industrial Court, said TM.
Mohamed Puhad, who was then seconded to TM subsidiary Government Integrated Telecommunication Network Sdn Bhd (GITN), said the domestic inquiry panel had unanimously decided to terminate his employment.
Prior to that, he was charged in the Shah Alam Sessions Court last Dec 23 with four counts of corruption.
Yesterday, Justice Rosilah Yop set May 30 to hear the applications from both sides.
Mohamed Puhad had filed a suit on Feb 25 seeking damages from TM, GITN, the domestic inquiry committee chairman Aznan Ramli, committee members Kama Azila Abd Rani and Ahmad Che Mat, TM assistant general manager Hezlina Hashim, MACC operations division director Datuk Mohd Jamidan Abdullah and MACC senior superintendent Hishamuddin Mohammad Esa.
Gurbachan Singh and Reuben Netto represented the plaintiff while M. Shanti acted for TM and others.