Court: Jeyakumar allowed to challenge rejection

  • Nation
  • Friday, 23 Sep 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: Sungai Siput MP Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj has been allowed to challenge the rejection of his constituency allocation lawsuit.

The High Court rejected an application by the Government and two others to stay a ruling, granting him leave to challenge the rejection.

Dr Jeyakumar was earlier granted leave by the High Court to hear his case that the special constituency allocation should be made available to all MPs equally.

High Court Judge Justice Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim made the ruling in chambers yesterday.

Jeyakumar was represented by counsel B. Mahaletchumi, while senior federal counsel Shamsul Bolhassan acted for the AG Chambers.

Shamsul said the judge decided that there were no special circumstances to grant the stay.

Justice Abang Iskandar set Oct 12 to hear the judicial review application by Dr Jeyakumar.

The Court of Appeal had on Wednesday reserved judgment on an appeal by the Government over a High Court decision granting Dr Jeyakumar leave for judicial review.

Dr Jeyakumar, among others, wants an order to compel the Implementation Coordination Unit director-general, Perak State Development office director and the Malaysian government to specify who can apply for funds from the allocation.

On Feb 25, High Court judge Justice Aziah Ali granted Dr Jeyakumar’s application for leave for judicial review.

In her judgment, Justice Aziah said she agreed with the applicant’s counsel Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan that there were issues that ought to be resolved at the hearing of the substantive motion.

In his court papers, Dr Jeyakumar said he had been applying for funds from the allowance since 2008 but had not received a satisfactory response.

He claimed that the allocation utilises public money from the Federal Consolidated Fund and wants an order to compel the respondents to specify the kinds of projects and activities for which applications for funding from the allocation would be granted.

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