SHAH ALAM (Bernama): The High Court here has fixed Dec 12 to hear the appeal of Attorney General Tan Sri Tommy Thomas (pic) on the committal proceedings filed by the father of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim against him on July 16.
Judge Datuk Meor Hashimi Abd Hamid also ordered both the plaintiff and defendant to present their arguments in court before Dec 9.
Prior to this, Thomas had appointed two private lawyers - Zainur Zakaria and Datuk S. Ambiga - to represent him besides senior federal counsel S. Narkunavathy and Markiranjit Kaur.
This followed the decision by Coroner Rofiah Mohamad on Aug 27 to allow the committal proceedings to be heard in the Coroner’s Court here before the Attorney General filed an appeal in the High Court against the decision two days later.
Meanwhile, Zainur told reporters that the court rejected the application by Mohd Kassim to cancel Thomas' appeal against the decision by the Coroner Court.
"The court rejected the application on the grounds that an appeal can be made against the Coroner Court’s decision and the outcome of the decision will determine if the proceedings in contempt of court against Thomas will be continued.
"If the appeal is allowed, there will be no hearing for the committal application, ” he said on Monday (Nov 25).
On July 16, Mohd Kassim Abdul Hamid, 65, filed an application for a committal order against Thomas for contempt of court into the inquest on the cause of his son’s death.
The ex-parte proceeding was made through Messrs Mohd Zubir Embong & Associate at the Registrar’s Office in the Coroner’s Court. - Bernama