The High Court today ordered PKR president Anwar Ibrahim to file his statement of defence in response to a suit filed by his former research assistant Muhammed Yusoff Rawther for allegedly sexually assaulting him.
Counsel Mahajoth Singh, representing Yusoff said Anwar was ordered by the court to file his defence statement by September 28.
“The court also set October 29 for further case management,” he said when contacted after the case management via e-review was done before High Court deputy registrar Idamasliza Maarof today.
Meanwhile, Anwar’s lawyer, Ranjit Singh who confirmed the matter, said the court also directed parties to file any interlocutory application before October 29.
Yusoff, 28, filed the suit on July 14, claiming that the sexual assault took place on October 2, 2018 at Anwar’s residence in Segambut.
He claimed that Anwar, 73, sexually assaulted and molested him, despite him rejecting the defendant’s advances and asking him to stop committing the act.
The plaintiff alleged that as a result of the incident, he was accused of plotting to bring down Anwar and damage his political career, and this affected his health mentally.
He is seeking special, general, aggravated, and exemplary damages, as well as interest, costs and other relief deemed fit by the court.