Court throws out Umno suit claiming RM116.7 mil seized in condo raids

Police transferring items, including luxury handbags and cash, into a truck last year after they were seized from a condominium unit linked to former prime minister Najib Razak.

KUALA LUMPUR: The police and the government today succeeded in striking out a suit filed by Umno to have the RM116.7 million impounded by the police during last year’s raids on Pavilion Residences here to be returned to the party.

High Court Judge Nik Hasmat Nik Mohamad allowed the application by the defendants to strike out the suit by the party in chambers in the presence of senior federal counsel S Narkunavathy and lawyer Hariharan Tara Singh representing Umno.

Speaking to reporters, Narkunavathy said the defendants’ application was allowed on grounds the suit was trivial, abused the court process and was scandalous.

She said the court also found Umno did not have locus standi and there was no cause of reasonable action to sue the defendants.

“As such, the court dismissed the suit filed by Umno and ordered the party to pay cost of RM7,000 to all defendants,” she said.

Meanwhile, Hariharan said Umno would file an appeal against the court decision soon.

Umno filed the application at the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Sept 21, 2018, demanding that the seized money totalling RM116.7 million be returned to the party.

In its statement of claim, Umno, among other things, sought a declaration the raids and the impoundment carried out on May 17, 2018, at the premises on Tower B, Pavilion Residences, Jalan Raja Chulan, were wrongful in terms of the law.

The party named Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (JSJK) deputy director (Intelligence/Operation) Mohd Sakri Arifin, JSJK assistant police commissioner R Rajagopal, Amar Singh Ishar Singh who was then Bukit Aman JSJK director, the inspector-general of police and the government of Malaysia, as the first to fifth defendants.

It also sought an order for the return of money amounting to RM43.3 million, which was the difference in amount between RM160 million and RM116.7 million, to Umno.