MACC chief drops defamation suit against whistleblower

PETALING JAYA: Tan Sri Azam Baki (pic) has withdrawn his defamation suit against whistleblower and Centre for Combating Cronyism and Corruption (C4) senior researcher K. Lalitha.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner had filed the suit against Lalitha in 2022 over a defamatory article published by the Independent News Service (INS) news agency portal related to a purchase of shares.

Azam’s lawyers filed the withdrawal note on June 11.

The note stated that Azam as the plaintiff has discontinued the suit filed on Jan 12, 2022, against the defendant with no order regarding costs and without liberty to file afresh.

The notice of discontinuation also states that the plaintiff has dropped the suit “on the basis of no prejudice and without admission from either party.”

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