Friday February 8, 2013
A-G wants to be intervenor in suit
By MAIZATUL NAZLINA
KUALA LUMPUR: The Attorney-Generalís Chambers has applied to be an intervenor in the Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd lawsuit against the Sepang Municipal Council over its decision to dismantle two AES cameras on two highways.
High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) Justice Zaleha Yusof will decide on the matter on Feb 13 and fixed Feb 14 for the judicial review hearing.
Counsel Gavin Jayapal acted for Beta Tegap, Senior Federal Counsel Amarjeet Singh acted for the Attorney-Generalís Chambers, while Gobind Singh Deo and Malik Imtiaz Sarwar represented the municipal council.
Gobind said that the A-Gís Chambers had no locus standi as it had failed to show a direct interest and because it did not fall under Order 8 Rule 53 of the Rules of the High Court.
Amarjeet said the A-Gís Chambers had made the application on grounds of public interest.
Beta Tegap, one of two companies awarded the AES contract, is seeking an order of certiorari to quash the councilís decision on Nov 19, where the council ruled that Beta Tegap must have planning permission to instal the two cameras and poles. One AES camera is located at Km301.7 of the North-South Highway (PLUS) while the other is at Km6.6 of the South Klang Valley Express≠way (SKVE).
Beta Tegap filed a motion seeking leave for judicial review on Dec 12 and leave to challenge the decision by the municipal council was granted on Dec 19. It is also seeking an order to quash the decision made on Dec 6, where the council ruled that Beta Tegap had committed an offence by installing the AES cameras without permission, and had 14 days to demolish the poles and remove the cameras.
The company is also seeking a declaration that the council has no jurisdiction over the PLUS and SKVE highways, which it claims are under the authority of the Malaysian Highway Authority, together with costs.