Tarnishing judicial image: Police report lodged

PUTRAJAYA: The judiciary has lodged a police report following allegations of judicial misconduct against unnamed judges in an affidavit affirmed by a Court of Appeal judge, the Chief Registrar’s Office said.

In a statement this evening, it said the allegations against the judiciary as an institution were sweeping and have the effect of tarnishing it image.

“This may also well result in public confidence in the institution being undermined. That in turn has an adverse effect on the proper functioning of the administration of justice,” it said.

Therefore, it said the judiciary had lodged a police report in respect of these allegations.

It said the judiciary was concerned with the grave allegations made against unnamed judges and the institution but it could not address the contents due to a pending action in court.

The statement said the judiciary was mindful of preserving public confidence, safeguarding its integrity and ensuring the proper functioning of the administration of justice.

It said the relevant law enforcement agencies were also looking into the allegations that had been made.

The statement added that whether a decision to set up a royal commission of inquiry was necessary was a matter for the government to decide.

Hamid affirmed a 65-page affidavit yesterday in support of a legal action by lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo against alleged failure by Chief Justice Richard Malanjum to complete investigations into two cases of judicial interference.

One is a sedition case against Sangeet’s father, the late Karpal Singh, while another was made by Hamid, who claims he was chided by a top judge for delivering a dissenting judgment in the M Indira Gandhi unilateral conversion case.

In a media statement last November, Malanjum had said the judiciary had to suspend investigations in Karpal’s case due to an ongoing police investigation and the pending appeal before the Federal Court.

He had said the probe into Karpal’s matter could also not be carried out as the three Court of Appeal judges were still serving.

Regarding the second case, Malanjum had said the investigation could not be carried out for alleged misconduct as the judge in question had retired.