Court to hear application to strike out Cameron Highlands election petition on Aug 16

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has fixed Aug 16 to hear an application by Cameron Highlands MP Datuk C. Sivarraajh to strike out an election petition filed by PKR candidate M. Manogaran to nullify the GE14 result.

Manogaran claimed that Sivarraajh and Jelai assemblyman Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, who is Pahang Mentri Besar, had met nine village heads and gave them money to distribute between RM30 and RM1,000 each to orang asli constituents.

Manogaran's lawyer M. Rajenthirakumar told reporters that High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Justice Azizah Nawawi fixed the date in chambers.

He said Justice Azizah ordered his client to file witness statements by Aug 13 while the respondent was instructed to file by Aug 27.

He said the hearing proper had been fixed between Sept 3 and 20.

Counsel Norhazira Abu Hayyan acted for Sivarraajh.

Manogaran filed the election petition on June 4 seeking to nullify the GE result, alleging that bribery had taken place.

He named MIC's Sivarraajh as the sole respondent in his application.

He is seeking a declaration that the election for the constituency on May 9 is not valid, and other relief deemed fit by the court.

In the 14th General Election, Sivarraajh won the seat with 10,307 votes while Manogaran polled 9,710, PAS' Wan Mahadir Wan Mahmud (3,587), PSM's B. Suresh Kumar (680) and Berjasa candidate Mohd Tahir Kassim (81).