CJ applies to expunge parts of Hamid Sultan's affidavit alleging judicial misconduct


KUALA LUMPUR: Chief Justice Richard Malanjum has applied to expunge parts of an affidavit affirmed by Court of Appeal judge Justice Hamid Sultan Abu Backer which was filed in support of a lawsuit filed by Sangeet Kaur Deo against Malanjum.

Sangeet, who is the daughter of the late Karpal Singh, filed an originating summons against Malanjum in connection with an alleged interference by the judiciary in the outcome of her father's sedition case and on the religious conversion of three Hindu children.

The matter was informed by Senior Federal Counsel Suzana Atan, who appeared for the Chief Justice, to press members after a case management in the chambers of High Court judge Justice Mohd Firuz Jaffril here on Wednesday (March 13).

Suzana said the defendant had filed the application to expunge on March 7 on grounds that the affidavit was excessive, contemptuous, irrelevant, a hearsay and a scurrilous attack on the judiciary as a whole.

Meanwhile, Sangeet said the court has fixed April 3 for further case management.

The court also ordered for lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla, who is representing Hamid Sultan, to file their application to intervene in the lawsuit by April 3.

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 Mohamed Haniff 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 judicial interference in the case of Indira Gandhi when Hamid Sultan 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.