Palanivel To File Appeal Against High Court’s Dismissal Of Judicial Review Applications

Palanivel To File Appeal Against High Court’s Dismissal Of Judicial Review Applications

CAMERON HIGHLANDS, June 15 (Bernama) — MIC President Datuk Seri G.Palanivel will file an appeal against the High Court’s dismissal today of two judicial review applications filed by him and four others to quash the “directive” of the Registrar of Societies (RoS) to hold fresh elections.

Palanivel said he would meet with his lawyer to discuss the matter before filing the appeal.

“I’m disappointed…the court should have solved the matter, but instead dismissed the applications. However, I will meet with my lawyer to discuss further action,” he told reporters after presenting cash donation to 10 students and 33 mosque and surau committee members here today.

Earlier today, Justice Datuk Asmabi Mohamad dismissed the applications for judicial review, saying that the RoS only gave its opinion and not a directive, and the suggestion to hold fresh elections to resolve the party’s problems in fact came from Palanivel.

She ordered the five applicants to pay a total of RM90,000 legal costs to RoS, its director-general Mohammad Razin Abdullah, the Home Minister, and senator Datuk S. Vigneswaran, who is an intervenor in the applications.

The five had filed two separate applications for judicial review to challenge what they called a RoS directive for the party to hold fresh elections.

The first application was filed on Feb 23 by MIC Central Working Committee member A. K. Ramalingam, 47, who named the RoS and its director-general Mohammad Razin Abdullah as respondents.

The second application was filed on Feb 24 by Palanivel, MIC vice-presidents Datuk S. Sothinathan and Datuk S. Balakrishnan, and former MIC secretary-general A. Prakash Rao.

When asked about his position in MIC should a fresh election be held, Palanivel said: “Don’t worry about that.”