PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The Federal Court on Tuesday (April 23) sentenced lawyer Arunachalam Kasi, better known as Arun Kasi, to 30 days' jail and fined RM40,000 after finding him guilty of contempt of court over his two statements criticising the proceedings and decision of a court case.
Justice Tan Sri Ramly Ali, who led a five-member panel, held that Arun Kasi's contemptuous statements against the Federal Court were very serious and tarnished the good name of the judiciary as a whole, undermined the public confidence in the judiciary, and ridiculed, scandalised and offended the dignity, integrity and impartiality of the court.
"We (the panel) have also considered the Bar's submission not to impose a custodial sentence. However, the gravity of the offence committed by Arun Kasi, coupled with his refusal to tender an unreserved apology, justifies this court taking a serious view of the matter.
"In the circumstances, we are of the view that the appropriate sentence is a term of imprisonment of 30 days from today and a fine of RM40,000 in default 30 days' jail," said Justice Ramly on Tuesday (April 23).
The panel, which also consisted of Federal Court Judges Azahar Mohamed, Rohana Yusuf, Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat and Nallini Pathmanathan, had dismissed Arun Kasi's application for a stay of execution of the ruling. - Bernama
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