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Pandikar, Dewan Rakyat seek to strike out Tawfik's suit

Dewan Rakyat speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia and its secretary Roosme Hamzah have applied to strike out former Umno MP Tawfik Ismail's originating summons to prohibit Parliament from allowing PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang's motion on Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355) amendment to be tabled.

This was disclosed by Tawfik's lawyer, Mansoor Saat, following case management today. Mansoor told reporters that although the application was filed two months ago, the plaintiff only received it on Oct 13.

Following this, Mansoor said, Justice Kamaludin Md Said of the High Court in Kuala Lumpur fixed Jan 11 to hear the striking-out application before the leave application.

According to the lawyer, Pandikar and Roosme cited Article 62 (1) and Article 63 (1) of the Federal Constitution to argue that the matter was non-justiciable as the matter had been taken to the legislature...

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