Deepak seeks to include Najib, 7 others in widow’s suit

Businessman Deepak Jaikishan is being sued by the widow of private investigator P Balasubramaniam for causing intentional harm. (Youtube screengrab)

KUALA LUMPUR: Businessman Deepak Jaikishan, who is being sued by the widow of private investigator P Balasubramaniam, better known as PI Bala, for causing intentional harm, will apply to include former prime minister Najib Razak and seven others as parties in the lawsuit.

This means that if the court finds Deepak liable for the action brought by A Santamil Selvi, Najib and the rest will also have to pay damages and other relief.

Deepak said they must be responsible for the criminal action and violation of the law which were allegedly orchestrated by Najib, his wife Rosmah Mansor and others.

“It is crucial that they also take the witness stand. They cannot keep on running away from the various allegations,” he said after attending a case management before High Court judge Hue Siew Kheng.

He said the legal papers would be filed tomorrow.

Hue has fixed another case management on Sept 28.

On Jan 30, the judge refused to strike out Santamil Selvi’s suit against all the defendants.

Last week the Court of Appeal allowed appeals by Najib, Rosmah, Najib’s brothers Mohd Nazim and Johari, lawyers Sunil Abraham, Cecil Abraham, Arulampalam Mariampillai, and commissioner for oaths Zainal Abidin Muhayat to annul the suit.

However, Deepak did not appeal.

Last year, Santamil Selvi and her two children filed the suit against the defendants, alleging the family suffered intentional harm as a result of their exile in India.

She said these people had deprived her family of a normal life, and caused them to suffer financial and non-financial losses.

Her late husband, Balasubramaniam, was previously embroiled in a controversy over his two conflicting statutory declarations (SD) in the high-profile 2006 murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu.

The family said the individuals had caused Balasubramaniam’s second SD to be drafted without his instructions and forced him to sign it under threat and inducement.

The family said he left Malaysia for India in a hurry after signing the second SD in July 2008, a day after the first was released.

On July 3, 2008, Balasubramaniam told a packed press conference, organised by PKR, that the contents of the first SD, which implicated Najib and several others in the murder of Altantuya, were true.

The second SD, dated July 4, 2008, was supposed to have cleared Najib of any involvement in the case.

In the second SD, Balasubramaniam said he wished to retract the entire contents of his first SD dated July 3, as it had been made under duress.

Balasubramaniam, a key witness in the Altantuya trial, died of a heart attack on March 15, 2013, weeks after returning from India.

He had worked for political analyst and Najib’s associate Abdul Razak Baginda, who hired him to monitor Altantuya before her disappearance.

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