A recent police report lodged against investigative journalist Lalitha Kunaratnam for allegedly lying to the court has been marked as “no further action” (NFA).
Bukit Aman criminal investigation department director Abdul Jalil Hassan confirmed this with FMT.
“For your information, the report that was lodged at Sentul (police station) by the complainant has been marked as NFA because it is not related to the case investigated by Bukit Aman’s classified criminal investigation unit,” he said.
The report, filed on Feb 9, alleged that Lalitha had made a false claim regarding her status as a researcher with the Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4).
A source with knowledge on the matter had then told FMT the allegation was based on C4’s press statement that said Lalitha had not been attached to the outfit since December 2020.
The source said C4 had explained that the latter had nothing to do with the reports uploaded by Lalitha.
Last month, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Azam Baki had sued Lalitha over her two-part article entitled “Business ties among MACC leadership: How deep does it go?”
The article was published by the Independent News Service on Oct 26 and Dec 15 last year.
The article allegedly exposed Azam’s stock-trading scandal, but he later explained that his brother had used his trading account to purchase shares and warrants in two public-listed companies in 2015 and 2016.
The Securities Commission Malaysia also said it could not “conclusively establish” any wrongdoing by Azam after completing an inquiry into the matter.
Subsequently, police had launched a probe on Lalitha, based on a police report by an MACC officer on Jan 7, a day after she received a letter of demand from Azam’s lawyer.
She is currently being investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and Section 505 of the Penal Code for publishing statements “conducing to public mischief”. – FMT