AG says he is ‘not involved’ in RCI on alleged judicial misconduct

Attorney-General Tommy Thomas.

KUALA LUMPUR: Attorney-General Tommy Thomas today said he is “not involved” in the proposed royal commission of inquiry (RCI) to look into alleged judicial misconduct.

Thomas said the issues related to the RCI should be addressed to the ministers concerned.

He was asked to comment on the status of the RCI after Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced in February the government had agreed to look into the allegations made by senior judge Hamid Sultan Abu Backer.

Lawyer Haniff Khatri Abdulla, who has been outspoken on the issue of judges’ misconduct, had asked whether the attorney-general had done his work in advising the government and had drafted the terms of reference on setting up the RCI.

“It has been three months and three days since the prime minister made the announcement on Feb 21 that the Cabinet had agreed to set up the RCI,” he said, adding that Thomas should come up with the details.

Hamid made the allegations of misconduct by the judiciary in a 65-page affidavit to support senior lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo’s lawsuit against the former chief justice on grounds that he had failed in his duty to preserve and protect the integrity of the judiciary.

Sangeet said then chief justice Richard Malanjum was duty-bound to investigate the two matters in her claim of judicial interference.

Hamid alleged that senior judges had intervened in the decision of numerous appeals and abetted in scams carried out by nominees of politicians who had entered into contracts with the government.

He also claimed that there had been interference in the Court of Appeal’s 2016 majority decision to convict Sangeet’s late father and DAP chairman Karpal Singh for sedition. Karpal was acquitted of the sedition charge by the Federal Court in March.

Thomas had previously commented on the proposed RCI, saying all court cases would proceed as usual when it was set up.

He said all cases would continue to be heard and determined by the superior and subordinate courts and any request for any postponement of any case must be made by a party to the relevant court in the normal manner.