KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has succeeded in his bid to remove two paragraphs and exhibits relating to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) from Tony Pua’s affidavit on grounds that the Petaling Jaya Utara MP relied on hearsay evidence.
High Court Judicial Commissioner Roslan Abu Bakar on Thursday held that Pua failed to state his sources of information and grounds of his belief when the MP included those content in his affidavit.
“It is hearsay and inadmissible,” JC Roslan said.
He said Pua had failed to adhere to the requirements of the Rules of Court 2012 over the matter and ordered the paragraphs and exhibits removed from the affidavit.
Pua’s lead counsel Gobind Singh Deo said he would study the judgment to consider whether to appeal over this.
Najib had failed to strike out certain parts from a news portal owner Chan Chee Kong’s statement of defence relating to 1MDB over his defamation suit.
JC Roslan held that Chan had followed the requirements of the Rules of Court 2012 in the statement of defence for fair comment.
In his civil suit, Najib said that Pua, 42, had delivered a speech at a DAP fund-raising dinner on Nov 3, 2014, relating to 1MDB, which slandered him.
Najib, 61, sued both defendants in his personal capacity.