Nallakaruppan found liable of making defamatory remarks
Posted on June 20, 2012, Wednesday
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Indian United Party (MUIP) president Datuk S.Nallakaruppan was found liable by the High Court here yesterday of making defamatory statements against opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in 2008.
Justice Datuk Su Geok Yiam made the ruling in chambers after allowing Anwar’s application to strike out Nallakaruppan’s defence.
Lawyer Latheefa Koya, representing Anwar, told reporters that Nallakaruppan, who is a senator, was also ordered to pay damages and cost to Anwar, which would be assessed by the senior assistant registrar later.
She said Anwar had filed to strike out Nallakaruppan’s defence on grounds that he (Nalalkaruppan) failed to furnish further and better particulars on the allegations he made against Anwar.
She also said that Nallakaruppan’s lawyer, Datuk Seri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah would appeal against the decision and was ordered by the court to file a formal application to stay the decision.
Anwar filed the suit on Aug 25, 2008 over alleged derogatory remarks by Nallakaruppan in an article, ‘Anwar terima RM60 juta’ (Anwar receives RM60 million) which were published in the Mingguan Malaysia and Sinar Harian newspapers in Aug 2008.
In his defence, Nallakaruppan said there was no malicious intent and that the statements were made under qualified privilege. — Bernama