PETALING JAYA: A High Court judge in Kota Baru has disqualified himself from hearing applications from two MPs to transfer suits filed by Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) for alleged breach of contract to Kuala Lumpur.
Lawyer Ashok Kandiah said Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh made the decision as he was a former Umno leader and a deputy minister before elevation to the bench.
“Wan Ahmad will now write to the Chief Judge of Malaya to assign another judge to hear the applications,” he told FMT.
In early August, Umno filed the suit against Mustapa Mohamed (Jeli) and Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz (Tanah Merah), seats located in Kelantan, for unjust enrichment, legitimate expectations and breach of trust.
It also filed a similar suit against Larut MP Hamzah Zainuddin in the High Court in Kuala Lumpur.
Ashok said the party has also filed similar suits against Mersing MP Abdul Latiff Ahmad, Sabak Bernam MP Mohd Fasiah Mohd Fakeh, Hulu Terengganu MP Rosol Wahid and Tasek Glugor MP Shahbudin Yahaya.
All left Umno to join PPBM, a member of Pakatan Harapan.
Umno and BN office bearers Mohd Sumali Reduan and Abu Khamis, being the plaintiffs, want each of the MPs to pay RM200,000 in damages and other relief deemed fit by the court.
Ashok said Umno also objected to the remaining four cases being consolidated and heard before a single judge in Kuala Lumpur.