Karpal’s Daughter Lodges Report over Alleged Meddling in Dad’s Sedition Case

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Sangeet seeks to reopen Karpal’s sedition case to clear conviction taint amidst allegation of “interference” by senior judge.

Sangeet Kaur Deo, the only daughter of the late Karpal Singh, wants police to reinvestigate the former DAP chairman’s sedition case after learning that a senior judge may have interfered, resulting in his conviction.

Sangeet, who is a lawyer, stated that it was a serious matter that must be investigated.

“If necessary, an RCI (Royal Commission of Inquiry) should also be set up to investigate the alleged interference within the judiciary.

“I discovered allegation of meddling by the judge after reading a news portal report on the matter, quoting lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla,” she said.

The article which first appeared on Free Malaysia Today cited lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla who claimed he was recently informed of the matter where a senior judge reportedly meddled in the majority decision to allow Karpal’s appeal and acquit him of the charge.

Haniff had alleged in a Facebook post on Aug 21 that the panel had been asked to reverse its acquittal ruling two years ago.

“It is very unfortunate that Karpal is unable to clear his name of the wrongdoings because of the interference following his death in a road accident in April 2014,” Haniff said.

On Feb 6, 2009, Karpal was charged with uttering seditious words against the Sultan of Perak at his legal firm in Jalan Pudu Lama in Kuala Lumpur, between noon and 12.30pm.

He allegedly questioned the removal of Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin as Perak Mentri Besar by the Sultan of Perak.

The High Court acquitted Karpal without calling for his defence on June 11, 2010.

The Court of Appeal later reversed the decision on Jan 20, 2012, and Karpal was ordered to enter his defence.

On Feb 21, 2014, the High Court found Karpal guilty of sedition.

On May 30, 2016, the Court of Appeal, in a majority decision, upheld the sedition conviction of Karpal, ruling that it was a serious offence involving the sovereignty of a Ruler and his prerogative powers.

The court, however, reduced the quantum of his fine from RM4,000 to RM1,800.

The then 10-month old Perak Pakatan Rakyat government crumbled in February 2009 when five of its assemblypersons threw their support behind BN which had 28 representatives.

Pangkor assemblyperson Zambry Abdul Kadir was then appointed as mentri besar.

Karpal was the Bukit Gelugor MP when he died at the age of 73 in a road accident on April 17, 2014.

Earlier report: Aug 22, Senior Judge Interfered in Karpal’s Sedition Appeal