Court strikes out suit seeking arrest, probe of controversial Muslim preacher Zamri

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Muhammad Zamri Vinoth Kalimuthu succeeded in his bid to strike out a lawsuit by two Hindu groups that sought to compel the police to arrest and investigate the Muslim preacher.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court today allowed the striking-out application by not only Zamri but also the other three defendants, namely the police, the Home Ministry, and the government.

On Sept 14 last year, Zamri’s lawyers filed the striking-out application on grounds that the suit does not disclose a reasonable cause of action, and was frivolous, vexatious and an abuse of court process.

Earlier on April 28 last year, the Hindu groups – Pertubuhan Hindhudharma Malaysia and the Majlis Belia Hindu Malaysia – filed the writ of summons to seek court orders for among others that Zamri is arrested and investigated over alleged inflammatory speeches and writings.

The two groups had also sought a declaration that the Muslim preacher was a threat to the security and peace of the multi-ethnic and multi-faith country of Malaysia.

The two plaintiffs claimed that the police, among others, had been negligent in not fully investigating Zamri despite having received nearly 800 reports over the preacher’s alleged offence.

The groups’ counsel Shanker Sundaram said they will be filing an appeal.