KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk V.K. Lingam’s application to stop the Bar Council disciplinary board from investigating two complaints against him was postponed by the High Court yesterday because Datuk Bastian Pius Vendargon, who was to appear for the Bar Council, had been shot on Tuesday.
Judicial Commissioner Wan Afrah Ibrahim ordered that the case be mentioned on Aug 20 after she was informed of Vendargon’s condition via a letter faxed by his office on Wednesday.
Co-counsel T. Gunaseelan informed Wan Afrah that Vendargon, who was admitted to the National Heart Institute, was in stable condition.
The prominent lawyer was reported to have been shot on Tuesday night while having drinks with some friends at a café in Kuantan.
Lingam’s application was fixed for hearing yesterday after Wan Afrah had on June 18 granted an interim order allowing a stay of execution of the Advocates and Solicitors Disciplinary Board decision to carry out the inquiry.
In the application proper, Lingam is seeking an order to stay the inquiry pending the disposal of his appeal against the board’s decision to set up a tribunal to inquire into the complaints against him.
No date has been fixed yet for the appeal, which was filed on Feb 22.
The two complaints dated Aug 6 last year, lodged by the Bar Council, had alleged misconduct on the part of Lingam.
The first complaint was that he did not reply to the four letters the council had sent him between August and November 1998, therefore breaching the Ruling of the Bar Council 1997.
The other complaint concerned a newspaper report on Aug 31, 1999 relating to a mega defamation suit filed by Insas Bhd and Megapolitan Nominees Sdn Bhd against Asian Wall Street Journal correspondent Raphael Pura.
On Nov 21 last year, the board informed Lingam through a letter that there was merit in the complaints lodged by the Bar Council against him.
The board then decided to constitute an investigating tribunal to inquire into the complaints. The investigating tribunal fixed July 22 to inquire into the complaints.