High Court removes lower court judge in extortion case after claims of bias

The High Court today requested a meetings court judge to be eliminated from a blackmail preliminary after an allure by attorneys for the situation who had asserted conceivable inclination, following a cop’s call to a legal counselor.

The legal advisors had needed meetings judge Mazdi Abdul Hamid to be recused from the situation after a legal counselor got a call from a police examining official that the case was a “done arrangement” following an indicated meeting with the appointed authority.

In any case, when the legal advisors requested that Mazdi recuse himself on Oct 19 last year, he wouldn’t do as such.

He had said the cases didn’t uncover any component of “genuine risk of predisposition” and was simply a supposition by the legal counselor making such cases.

Mazdi had additionally said there was no proof demonstrating the “done arrangement” guarantee, regardless of whether a discussion had occurred.

Today, High Court legal magistrate Mohd Radzi Abdul Hamid permitted the allure by the attorneys and requested for Mazdi to be recused.

Radzi, in deciding for the legal advisors, said the meetings judge didn’t invalidate the claims about the supposed gathering.

He said the trial of the “genuine risk of inclination” had in this manner been satisfied, subsequently, the meetings judge ought to be recused from the situation.

The case includes eight people who had supposedly blackmailed an amount of cash from another man. Each of the eight asserted preliminary at the meetings court here in 2018.

An attorney for one of the charged, Ramesh Rajadurai, said he got a call from examining official Loh Wooi Kee in June last year. In the call, Ramesh said Loh told him: “Brother, it is settled, the appointed authority had a gathering with us all, this case is settled!”

In his previous affirmation to the meetings court, Ramesh said the words “we all” alluded to Loh and the appointee public investigators (DPPs) who had met the adjudicator to talk about the case.

Legal counselor V Sithambaram, driving the legal advisors in the allure at the High Court, said Loh was key to the arraignment’s case as he was the exploring official for the situation and was relied upon to give proof for the situation.

“It is of most extreme significance for this decent court to take cognisance of the above words in the setting that Loh and Ramesh are not outsiders. They have known one another for quite a while, having been housemates during their college days.

“Loh’s words seemed like harsh counsel or an admonition to his companion, Ramesh, to not challenge the charges, and on second thought encourage his customer to concede,” he said in his enticement for the High Court.

Sithambaram said while there was no genuine predisposition, the meetings judge should have recused himself from hearing the case taking into account a chance of inclination. He likewise depended on the Federal Court instance of public investigator versus Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor last year.

He added that the DPPs and Loh didn’t have a problem with the data introduced in the allure, which was comparable to letting it out as reality.

Other than Sithambaram and Ramesh, Jagjit Singh, K Simon Murali, and Ruebankumar Asokan showed up for the litigant, Ng Tian Yu, 46.

Ng is one of the eight charged over the coercion of a finance manager at an inn in Bukit Jambul under Section 386 of the Penal Code. He and the other seven were blamed for coercion by placing an individual in dread of death or shocking hurt, requesting an amount of over RM500,000.

DPPs Khairul Anuar Abdul Halim, Farah Aimi Zainul Anwar and Yazid Mustaqim Roslan showed up for the arraignment.