New JC to hear Irwan Serigar, Arul Kanda's bid to strike out 1MDB suit

KUALA LUMPUR: The applications by former Treasury secretary-general Tan Sri Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah and former 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) chief executive officer Arul Kanda Kandasamy to strike out a US$6.59bil (RM29.4bil) suit filed by 1MDB against them will be heard by a new judicial commissioner at the High Court here.

This was informed by Mohd Irwans’ lawyer, Lavinia Kumaraendran, when contacted by the media after the case management, which was conducted online before Senior Assistant Registrar Azlinda Ahmad Sharif on Tuesday (Aug 16).

According to the lawyer, the application would be heard before JC Roz Mawar Rozain, who is replacing Judge Datuk Amarjeet Singh who will be transferred to the High Court of Appeal and Special Powers here.

"The date for hearing of the application, on Oct 19, which was set previously is maintained, and further case management is set for Sept 27," she said.

Arul Kanda filed his application to strike out the suit last June, while the application by Mohd Irwan was filed last Feb 18.

In his application, Mohd Irwan, among others, alleged the suit against him, was premature as the investment of Brazen Sky Limited and the payment of Aabar Investments PJS Limited were not clearly unsustainable as the court has yet to determine 1MDB suffered losses of US$1.83bil (RM8.17bil) and US$3.5bil (RM15.6bil).

1MDB filed the suit against Arul Kanda and Mohd Irwan in May last year, alleging that the two defendants had committed breach of trust and conspiracy causing 1MDB to suffer losses amounting to US$1.83bil in relation to its investment in 1MDB-Petrosaudi Ltd which was converted into the alleged Brazen Sky Limited investment said to be found in the Bridge Global Fund.

1MDB also alleged that the two defendants committed breach of trust and conspiracy by misappropriating 1MDB money amounting to US$3.5bil paid to Aabar Investments and US$1.265bil (RM5.65bil) paid to IPIC on May 9, 2017.

1MDB claims that Mohd Irwan also conspired with Arul Kanda to cause the company to implement the Employment Extension Agreement and made a substantial payment of RM2,905,200 to Arul Kanda in accordance with the agreement, regardless of 1MDB’s interests, causing the company to suffer losses and damage.

In this regard, 1MDB among others demanded that the two defendants pay US$6.59bil for the breach and an additional RM2.9mil from Mohd Irwan in relation to the Employment Extension Agreement.- Bernama

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