KUALA LUMPUR: Former Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) president Datuk Bakaruddin Othman was acquitted and discharged by the Court of Appeal over the use of the council's funds for renovating his house.
Justice Mohtarudin Baki, who chaired a three-member panel, also set aside the Shah Alam Sessions Court's decision to jail Bakaruddin for three years and fine of RM132,500.
Justice Mohtarudin instructed that the RM132,500 fine be returned to the appellant.
Other judges on the panel were Justices Harminder Singh Dhaliwal and Abdul Karim Abdul Jalil.
Bakaruddin's counsel Akberdin Abdul Kader said the court ruled that the renovation made at Bakaruddin's house was done legally as per the full board meeting and guidelines given by the Selangor government for local authorities.
On Dec 21 2012, the Sessions Court imposed a three-year jail term and fined Bakaruddin RM132,500 for abusing his position to approve RM26,500 of the council’s funds for renovation on his property in Kg Laksamana, Batu Caves, Selangor.
He had taken part in the council’s meeting on Oct 27, 2001 when the allocation for the renovation was approved despite having a pecuniary interest in the matter.
Bakaruddin, 63, committed the offence between June 2001 and April 2002 at the MPS building in Selayang and was charged under Section 15 of the Anti-Corruption Act 1997 and punishable under Section 16 of the same Act.