PUTRAJAYA: The widow of Karpal Singh today welcomed the Federal Court’s verdict clearing him of sedition, saying his soul will now rest in peace.
“I know he is going to rest in peace now since justice has been served,” an emotional Gurmit Kaur told reporters after the ruling.
She added that the acquittal was cause for joy ahead of the fifth anniversary of Karpal’s death.
“I am very happy with the verdict, although it came about five years after his death,” she said.
Karpal, a former DAP national chairman and MP, died in an accident on the North-South Expressway near Gua Tempurung on April 17, 2014.
The veteran lawyer, who was 74 at the time, was on his way from Kuala Lumpur to Penang.
Gurmit, who is now the administrator of his estate and his substitute in the appeal, also thanked the legal team and the court for the “very good” outcome.
DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang, PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, and his daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar were also spotted during the proceedings.
Lawyer Ramkarpal Singh, who is Karpal’s son, said today’s ruling by the seven-member bench was proof of his father’s steadfast belief that he was innocent and had observed the rule of law.
“It was a just decision, based on facts and law, as my father always maintained his innocence despite his conviction by two courts earlier.”
Ramkarpal had been travelling with Karpal on the day of the accident but escaped with minor injuries.
He is now the MP for Bukit Gelugor, a post once held by Karpal himself.
He said the apex court had recognised that his father was not given a fair trial.
“I am glad that the apex court came out with an unanimous ruling to clear him of the charge due to a serious misdirection by the lower courts,” he added.
Ramkarpal said as a representative of the people, Karpal had spoken without fear or favour on legal positions following the constitutional crisis in Perak.
“What he uttered was not personal, and that has been recognised by the apex court,” he said.
Karpal was charged in 2010 for questioning the late Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah, for removing from office former menteri besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin during the 2009 Perak constitutional crisis.
The bench, chaired by Chief Judge of Malaya Zaharah Ibrahim, ruled that Karpal was entitled to an acquittal due to serious misdirection by the High Court and the Court of Appeal.