KUALA LUMPUR – The High Court here today dismissed a defamation suit filed by a businessman against Amanah Raya Berhad chairman Tan Sri Sabbaruddin Chik and an author over the publication of a book, with the title “Membongkar Skandal Deepak dan Bank Rakyat, Dari Isi Hati Tan Sri Sabbaruddin Chik” (Exposing the scandal of Deepak and Bank Rakyat, From the heart of Tan Sri Sabbaruddin Chik).
Judicial Commissioner Datuk Roslan Abu Bakar dismissed the suit as J. Deepak, the plaintiff in the suit, was not in court for hearing of the case, which had been fixed for today.
Lawyer Adnan Seman, representing Sabbaruddin and Shahbudin Husin, who is the author of the book, told reporters that Deepak was supposed to testify today, but was absent without any reason given.
“The hearing of the case had been fixed for three days beginning today and all four defence witnesses, including the two defendants, were in court,” he added.
Deepak’s lawyer, A.K. Sharma, confirmed that the suit was dismissed as his client failed to attend the court proceeding today.
Deepak filed the suit on March 11 last year claiming that Sabbaruddin, who is also former Culture, Arts and Tourism Minister, had provided the materials for Shahbudin to write the book.
He claimed that the book, published by Special One Publication, contained words that defamed him and that the publication of the book had embarrassed him and tarnished his reputation.
He said the defamatory words in the book implied that he was a businessman who could not be trusted.
He had sought, among others, general damages of RM1.1 billion, aggravated damages, interest and other relief deemed fit by the court,, as well as an injunction to prevent the defendants from further publishing the alleged defamatory words. – BERNAMA