KUALA LUMPUR: Former Ampang Jaya Municipal Council enforcement chief Kapt (Rtd) Abdul Kudus Ahmad, who faces 24 charges of bribery amounting to RM59,000, failed in his bid to disqualify the judge.
Sessions Court Judge Nor Afizah Hanum Mokhtar dismissed counsel M. Manoharan's verbal application to disqualify her, saying she had considered submissions by the defence and prosecution over the matter.
There is no danger of bias or prejudice against Abdul Kudus in the case, she said.
Manoharan had, when making the application on Oct 27, cited grounds such as that Nor Afizah had not stood down the proceedings before abruptly leaving the court earlier and slamming the door shut and repeating the word Next while he was making a point during submission.
Manoharan said the judge's conduct was very disappointing and could give rise to an ample likelihood of bias.
Abdul Kudus, 40, is accused of accepting bribes of between RM1,000 and RM12,000 on several occasions from restaurant owner Steven @ S. Sathiasilan at various locations here and in Selangor between May 2001 and May this year.
The money was said to have been given to Abdul Kudus as an inducement to withdraw the notice of licence cancellation and closure of business and to not act against Steven for placing chairs and tables on the road in front of his restaurant.
Nor Afizah fixed the next hearing for Feb 24.