The police and Putrajaya have sought to strike out Umno’s civil suit to reclaim the RM116.7 million seized in raids on properties linked to ex-party president Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Malaysiakini quoted federal counsel Mohammad Sallehuddin Md Ali as saying that one of the reasons behind the move is the issue of locus standi.
“We will file the application to strike out and seek a stay of proceedings before the next case management, which has been fixed for Nov 1,” he was quoted as telling reporters after meeting High Court deputy registrar Rumaizah Baharom in chambers.
Sallehuddin added that the police and government will request that the striking out application is heard first before defence is filed.
Besides the civil suit, Umno’s lead counsel Hariharan Singh was quoted as saying that that the party also filed an application of discovery on Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Datuk Seri Amar Singh for the items seized in the May raids.
“The police and government are also applying for a stay, along with the filing of their defence. We will be objecting to the stay and striking out applications,” Hariharan was quoted as saying.
The suit was filed on Sept 24 by Umno executive secretary Datuk Seri Abdul Rauf Yusoh.
Besides Amar, Rauf named CCID deputy director (intelligence and operations) Datuk Mohd Sakri Arifin, CCID Assistant Commissioner R Rajagopal as well as inspector-general of police Tan Sri Muhammad Fuzi Harun and the government as defendants.
In its statement of claim, Umno is seeking a declaration that the search and seizure of the cash on May 17 was illegal. It is also seeking a return of the RM116.7 million to Umno and RM43.3 million for general, aggravated and exemplary damages.