KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has directed Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum to file an affidavit-in-reply to a legal action filed by the daughter of the late Karpal Singh.
The action, in the form of an originating summons, was filed by lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo in connection with the alleged interference by the judiciary in the outcome of her father’s sedition case and on the religious conversion of three Hindu children.
Justice Mohd Firuz Jaffril made the order when the case came up for mention for the first time. Apart from Sangeet, the proceeding was also attended by senior federal counsel Mazlifah Ayob, who represented the Chief Justice.
“The defendant (Chief Justice) has to file the affidavit-in-reply before or on Feb 11,” said the judge, who also fixed Feb 11 for case management.
Earlier, Sangeet informed the court that the originating summons had been sent to the office of the Chief Justice yesterday, and this was confirmed by Mazlifah.
Sangeet filed the papers on Jan 14 seeking a declaration that the Chief Justice had failed to perform his duties as the head of the judiciary to defend the integrity and credibility of the judiciary relating to two very serious allegations of judicial interference in relation to the decision on her father’s sedition appeal and in the case of kindergarten mother M. Indira Gandhi.
Sangeet claimed the issue cropped up when lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla issued a statement claiming that a senior judge interfered with the outcome of the late DAP stalwart’s sedition appeal and the matter was reported by an online news portal on Aug 22, 2018.
She also claimed of judicial interference in the case of Indira Gandhi when Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer revealed that he had been reprimanded by a top judge for writing a dissenting judgment two years ago in the case of the unilateral conversion of Indira Gandhi’s children. — Bernama