Named as defendants are Najib, Rosmah, Najib’s brothers Ahmad Johari, Mohd Nazim, lawyers Cecil Abraham, Sunil Abraham, Arunampalam Mariampillai, commissioner of oaths Zainal Abidin Muhayat and businessman Deepak Jaikishan.
11 October 2017
The Kuala Lumpur High Court has directed Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor to file their defence within 14 days from today over a suit filed by A Santamil Selvi, the widow of private investigator P Balasubramaniam.
Justice Hue Siew Kheng made similar orders for the other defendants in the suit, which included two of Najib’s siblings as well as senior lawyer Cecil Abraham and businessperson Deepak Jaikishian.
This follows Justice Hue dismissing their applications for a stay in filing their defence pending the hearing of their striking out applications.
This is the first time Najib has been required to file his defence in relation to a suit filed against him.
11 August 2017
PI Bala’s widow sues Najib, Rosmah and 7 others
However, the nine defendants have applied to strike out the ‘intentional harm’ suit and defer filing their defence, says lawyer Americk Sidhu.
PETALING JAYA: The family of late private investigator P Balasubramaniam has again filed a suit against Prime Minister Najib Razak, his wife Rosmah Mansor and seven others, this time for suffering intentional harm as a result of their exile in India.
A Santamil Selvi, who is also acting for the estate of Balasubramaniam and their minor child, said the nine defendants uprooted them from their home in Malaysia, deprived them of their normal lives, and caused them to suffer financial and non-financial losses.
They claim to have suffered trauma and mental anguish caused by the defendants and deprived of a home in familiar surroundings.
Santamil, together with her two children, Kishen and Menaga, are seeking damages with interest for losses suffered from July 2008 as a result of their five-year displacement.
“The defendants and each of them is liable for the intentional harm or injury caused to and suffered by the plaintiffs,” they said in the suit filed in the Kuala Lumpur High Court last month.
Lawyer Americk Sidhu said the counsel for all defendants during a case management yesterday had applied to strike out the suit.
“They also wanted a stay to file their defence pending the outcome of the striking out application,” he told FMT.
Americk said lawyers for the defendants also questioned his authority to act for the plaintiffs.