Po­lice drop ap­peal against San­jee­van

> No rea­son given for with­drawal to stop court de­ci­sion on POCA re­lease


PU­TRA­JAYA: The po­lice force has dropped its ap­peal against a High Court de­ci­sion to re­lease MyWatch chair­man Datuk R. Sri San­jee­van Nair ( pix) from the Pre­ven­tion of Crime Act 1959 (Poca) de­ten­tion, yes­ter­day.

The Fed­eral Court, led by Chief Jus­tice Tun Arif­fin Zakaria, struck out the ap­peal af­ter Se­nior Fed­eral Coun­sel Muham­mad Sinti in­formed the judges.

“The ap­pel­lants do not wish to con­tinue with the ap­peal and want to with­draw the ap­peal,” said Muham­mad Sinti. No rea­son was given for the with­drawal.

Arif­fin sat to­gether with Tan Sri Ah­mad Maarop, Tan Sri Ramly Ali, Datuk Balia Yu­sof and Tan Sri Jef­frey Tan Kok Wha.

The High Court had al­lowed the habeas cor­pus ap­pli­ca­tion filed by San­jee­van, who was or­dered to be re­manded for 21 days un­der Poca. On July 11, the mag­is­trate’s court had al­lowed an ap­pli­ca­tion from the po­lice to re­mand San­jee­van for 21 days. Out­side of the court, lawyer Gobind Singh Deo said he was only in­formed about the with­drawal yes­ter­day and was of­fered no rea­son for it. Muham­mad Sinti also did not men­tion the rea­son, when pressed by re­porters. San­jee­van is fac­ing sev­eral charges re­lated to cheat­ing, ex­tor­tion and hir­ing il­le­gal worker in courts in Kuala Lumpur, Te­mer­loh and Seremban.

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