Thursday, December 3

High Court to hear Jenapala’s originating summons Thursday

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KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court will hear on Thursday former Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) deputy secretary-general P Jenapala’s originating summons for a declaration that he is qualified to contest the deputy president post of the party.

Justice Datuk Aziah Ali set the date after meeting counsel of both parties in her chambers yesterday.

Another application by Jenapala for an injunction to stop PKR from declaring its election result for the deputy president’s post will be not be heard on that day as counsel Ranjit Singh and Razlan Hadri representing PKR gave an undertaking that PKR’s polls results only will be announced on Sunday during the party’s National Congress.

The congress is scheduled to be held between Nov 26 and 28.

Ranjit said PKR’s constitution clearly stated that the official results could only be announced during the convention.

Yesterday, the court was scheduled to hear Jenapala’s application for an injunction to restrain PKR through its office bearers or agents from taking further steps towards the completion of the election process relating to the post.

On Nov 19, Jenapala filed an originating summons at the High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) registry and an affidavit-in-support a day later.

In his affidavit, Jenapala had stated that he was allegedly stripped off his membership without his knowledge and no notice was given to him.

He also claimed that he was not given the right to be heard and defend himself.

In the affidavit, Jenapala stated that he joined PKR in May 1998 and served as the party’s deputy secretary general from early 2008 until his verbal resignation in Dec 2008.

In his originating summons, Jenapala stated that he was suing the party to get a declaration that he was entitled to contest the position of deputy president.

Jenapala is seeking a declaration that his disqualification as a candidate for the post of PKR deputy president was unlawful and contrary to his rights as a party member.

In the suit, he named PKR president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, her deputy Dr Syed Husin Ali and secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail as defendants in their capacity as office bearers of the party. Counsel James Khong represented Jenapala. — Bernama