Malaysia—Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor will file an application to strike out the lawsuit filed by Deepak Jaikishin’s, owner of Carpet Raya.
Deepak pressed charges against the couple and two companies in a RM676 million lawsuit for conspiracy, fraud and undue influence interfering in a property deal that allegedly caused his company to suffer huge losses. He is suing for RM600 million in general damages, RM50 million in exemplary damages and RM26 million in aggravated damages.
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The two companies involved are: Boustead Holdings Sdn Bhd and its subsidiary company, Bakti Development Wira Sdn Bhd.
The couple’s lawyer announced that the filing of the strike-out application will be before January 7 and that their camp had already informed High Court Judge Datuk Azimah Omar regarding this intention.
Lawyer Kenny Chan represents the two companies while Irzan Iswat Mohd Nor is Deepak’s lawyer who said that the Bousted and Bakti Wira had also filed their dismissal application.
The case management is set on January 14 already. Deepak filed the suit against the defendants last October.
As the director and majority shareholder of Astacanggih Sdn. Bhd, Deepak claimed that he had signed a land deal with the director and majority shareholder of Awan Megah (M) Sdn. Bhd, Raja Ropiaah Raja Abdullah.
The three parcels of land is a 181.9 hectare space in Mukim Kapar, Klang and Mukim Bukit Raja, in the Petaling district. It is said to be the venue for the National Defence Study Centre, which was to be built in 2007.
He said that Astacanggih payment of RM13 million as deposit to Awan Megah and RM72.5 million from Kuwait Finance House (M) Bhd as a land bond was submitted to the Malaysian government.
He claimed that Awan Megah had signed an agreement with the Federal Government and Tanah dan Harta Sdn Bhd to build Pusat Pendidikan Pertahanan Negara (Puspahanas) through a privatisation contract dated June 8, 2005.
The construction was alleged to have been completed on two Selangor state-owned lands in Kapar, Klang in Bukit Raja.
According to Deepak, Awan Megah needed to enter into a shareholder agreement in which about 20 per cent or RM4 million would be given to Raja Ropiaah in Astacanggih.
He added that that before the acquisition agreement was signed on May 16, 2007, Raja Ropiaah was Awan Megah director and majority shareholder while he (Deepak) was director and majority shareholder of Astacanggih.
Deepak argued that Raja Ropiaah was a good friend and proxy of Najib and Rosmah.
However, he claimed that Awan Megah, now owned by Raja Ropiaah, refused to produce the original land titles for transfer to Astacanggih.
As a result of Najib and Rosmah’s interference and conspiracy, Deepak recounted in his testimony that he was forced to sell 80 per cent (16 million units) of his shares in Astacanggih to Boustead Holdings through Wira development.
His total claim on losses amounts to over RM500 million.