Friday January 4, 2013
Gobala gets leave to appeal conviction
PUTRAJAYA: Padang Serai MP N. Gobalakrishnan has been allowed to appeal his conviction and fine of RM5,000 imposed by a magistrate’s court for using criminal force on a policeman in 2009.
A three-member Court of Appeal panel led by Datuk Abdul Malik Ishak unanimously granted Gobalakrishan leave to appeal the decision with the Court of Appeal.
The other two judges were Court of Appeal judge Datuk Azahar Mohamed and High Court judge Datuk Zawawi Salleh.
On July 27 last year, the Bukit Mertajam magistrate’s court fined Gobalakrishnan, 52, RM5,000 in default six months’ jail after finding him guilty of using criminal force on Sub-Inspector M. Karunamurthi to obstruct him (Karunamurthi) from discharging his duties in front of the National Youth Skills Institute in Bukit Mertajam during the Permatang Pasir by-election on Aug 17, 2009.
Under Article 48 of the Federal Constitution, an MP would be disqualified if he is convicted of an offence and sentenced to jail for a term of not less than one year or to a fine of not less than RM2,000. — Bernama