KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Crime Watch Task Force (MyWatch) chairman Datuk R. Sri Sanjeevan has pleaded not guilty to defaming the police on the NGO's Facebook page.
Sanjeevan, 32, was accused of having published allegations on Facebook against the police.
He is alleged to have committed the offence on Jan 3, this year.
The alleged accusations were in relation to an illegal gambling leader.
If convicted, Sanjeevan can be jailed up to two years, or fined or both under Section 500 of the Penal Code for defamation.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Saiful Hazmi Mohd Saad, who was assisted by DPP Shukor Abu Bakar, applied for Sanjeevan's bail to be set at RM5,000 in one surety.
Pleading for lower bail, Sanjeevan's lawyer S. Preakas, who was assisted by co-counsel Ravin Jay, asked the court to allow a RM2,000 bail in one surety.
Preakas said that his client has attended his other court cases and there would not be any issue for him to appear in court.
"The RM2,000 is a fair amount to ensure his attendance in court," said the lawyer.
Magistrate Mahyudin Mohmad Som set bail at RM3,000 in one surety and fixed May 26 for mention.
When contacted, Preakas confirmed that Sanjeevan's brother had posted bail for him.