Thursday, April 23, 2009

Gobind sues Govt, Speaker and others

Updated: Thursday April 23, 2009 MYT 1:05:34 PM
Gobind sues Govt, Speaker and others

KUALA LUMPUR: Puchong Member of Parliament Gobind Singh Deo has filed a suit against the Dewan Rakyat Speaker, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, the Dewan Rakyat secretary and the Government of Malaysia.

In the suit filed Thursday morning at the High Court here, he said his suspension from the House for a year, including losing his remunerations, was null and void.

He was represented by Karpal Singh & Co.

Last month, Gobind was suspended from Parliament for a year for alleging that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who was then deputy premier, was involved in a murder case. He was also held to be in contempt of the House.

The suspension came after the Dewan Rakyat voted for a motion against him.

Gobind was told he would be paid any allowance or given any benefits accrued to MPs during the suspension.

It is believed that Gobind would using as precedent the Federal Court ruling last week that it has jurisdiction over the legislative powers of the Perak state assembly.

In its landmark unanimous decision, the Federal Court ruled that Perak Assembly Speaker V. Sivakumar did not have the power to suspend Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abd Kadir and his six executive council members from the assembly.

The Court then lifted the suspension on Dr Zambry and his six executive council members and said the seven could attend the next assembly sitting.

seals: This is being fair....let the Federal court lift the ban on YB Gobind

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