Bar to challenge CJ's extension, wants retired judges to preside case

Geraldine Tong

Modified 3 Aug 2017, 1:47 pm

The Malaysian Bar intends to file a legal challenge against the appointment of Chief Justice Md Raus Sharif and Court of Appeal president Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin.

The Bar president George Varughese said they also urge the Chief Judge of Malaya (CJM) Ahmad Maarop to advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to appoint retired judges as additional judges of the Federal Court specifically for this challenge.

"Surely they will be in a position of conflict of interest if either one of them were to preside over the bench which decides on the (Bar's) legal challenge.

"In fact, we hold the view that all members of the current federal court will also be equally conflicted in presiding or deciding over such a challenge.

"Hence why we are urging the CJM to advise the Agong to appoint additional judges specifically to hear this particular matter," Varughese said in a press conference after the Bar's extraordinary general meeting in Kuala Lumpur today...

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