KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has allowed National Oversight and Whistleblowers (NOW) director Akmal Nasrullah Mohd Nasir’s application to strike out a defamation suit filed by Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom against him.
Akmal Nasrullah had applied to strike out the suit on the grounds that the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department had no legal rights to sue him in his official capacity.
High Court judge Justice Nor Bee Ariffin made the order in chambers on Thursday after meeting the parties.
Speaking to reporters later, Akmal Nasrullah’s lead counsel Razlan Hadri Zulkifli said the judge granted his client’s application to strike out the civil claim with RM3,000 in costs.
Jamil Khir had on Nov 19 last year sued Akmal Nasrullah for allegedly implying that he had misused his power and misappropriated funds meant for orphans for his leisure abroad.
Jamil Khir’s lawyer Adnan Seman confirmed the decision and said he would seek instructions from his client on whether to appeal against the order.
Akmal Nasrullah had filed an application on April 11 to strike out the suit on the grounds that the minister had no legal standing to initiate the civil action in his official capacity.