KUALA LUMPUR: Sixteen Umno members have filed an application for leave from the High Court to initiate contempt proceedings against party secretary-general Tengku Adanan Tengku Mansor over his announcement that they had been sacked.
Umno Seri Merpati Pandan Indah branch leader Salihudin Ahmad Khalid, who filed an affidavit in support of the application, said Tengku Adnan’s media statement on Sunday on the termination of their membership was to frustrate their judicial review application against the party.
The application was filed via e-filing by Messrs Haniff Khatri & Co yesterday evening.
In court papers sighted by FMT, Salihudin said Tengku Adnan’s public announcement that the 16 had been sacked from the party also amounted to pre-judging the issue which was now before the court.
Salihudin said Tengku Adnan’s action had prejudiced their case and was also an attempt to pressure the court.
Salihudin and his 15 fellow Umno members are seeking a judicial review against the party on grounds of having breached its constitution by delaying the elections.
They named as respondents Umno executive secretary Ab Rauf Yusoh and the Registrar of Societies.
The Umno members said the party should hold elections every three years and the leadership could only delay them for an 18-month period. However the party was granted an extension until next year.
Party elections can be only extended up to 54 months under the party constitution, and the last elections were held in October 2013.
The Umno members also said that the delay had denied them their right to pick their leaders.
Justice Kamaludin Md Said will hear their leave application for judicial review later today.