The KL High Court: Zuraida Kamaruddin has to file her statement of defence against PKR’s suit over her defection from the political party.
KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 16): The High Court here has directed Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin (pictured) to file her defence against PKR’s lawsuit, which alleges that she violated an agreement she had with the political party when she left the group.
High Court deputy registrar Norhatini Abd Hamid yesterday directed former PKR vice-president Zuraida to file her defence by Dec 31 following case management conducted via the High Court’s e-review yesterday.
It was reported that PKR secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail on Sept 28 initially filed the suit via law firm Messrs William Leong & Co against Zuraida.
In the statement of claim, Saifuddin reportedly alleged that Zuraida had executed a bond where she bound herself to pay the party RM10 million based on established terms and conditions of the agreement.
According to news reports, the terms and conditions of the bond include the defendant agreeing to pay the party RM10 million no later than seven days upon her resignation from PKR, joining any other political party or being an independent elected representative after Zuraida won the election on a PKR ticket.
The High Court in Kuala Lumpur has directed Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin to file her statement of defence against PKR’s suit over her defection from the political party.
High Court Deputy Registrar Norhatini Abd Hamid issued this directive, among others, during case management of the legal action this morning.
The plaintiff’s counsel, Chiew Choon Man, confirmed the court direction when contacted by Malaysiakini this afternoon.
“Pursuant to the case management this morning, Deputy Registrar Norhatini gave the directions…among them for the statement of defence to be filed by Dec 31, 2020,” he said.
Chiew said that the court also directed for the plaintiff’s reply to the statement of defence to be filed by Jan 15, 2021, and that any interlocutory application that parties may wish to file must be done so by Jan 29 next year.