RTD deputy DG’s case sent back to Magistrate’s Court

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PUTRAJAYA: The case related to Road Transport Department deputy director-general Yusoff Ayob, who sent his special aide to plead guilty on his behalf over a charge of driving in an emergency lane, has been remitted to the Magistrate’s Court.

“The case has been sent back to the court. How can you plead guilty by way of representation?” Chief Justice Md Raus Sharif told reporters at a Hari Raya gathering with his staff at the Palace of Justice here.

Meanwhile, Federal Court chief registrar Latifah Mohd Tahar said the case would be mentioned in court on July 25.

On July 18, Yusoff was fined RM600 by the Magistrate’s Court here on a charge of driving a car bearing registration number BLY 68 in the emergency lane at Lingkaran Putrajaya in Putrajaya at 6.27pm on Oct 7 last year.

On that day, he did not turn up in court. Instead, he sent a special officer to plead guilty on his behalf.

Earlier, Md Raus and wife, Salwany Mohamed Zamri, held a gathering with more than 700 staff of the judiciary and among invited guests were Attorney-General Apandi Ali and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Razali Ibrahim.

In his message to his staff, Raus called on them to instil the principles of justice and integrity in their work culture.

He said staff and officers of the judiciary should always be honest, fair, trustworthy and transparent in carrying out their duties with integrity.

“Excellence is unlikely to be inherited and acquired without continuous effort and hard work,” he said.