Published: Friday February 8, 2013 MYT 9:01:00 PM
Cop awarded nearly RM1mil for unlawful detention, restriction
KUALA LUMPUR: A policeman was awarded nearly RM1mil in damages by the High Court for unlawful detention and restriction after the court granted his suit against a detention centre and four others.
Judicial Commissioner Lee Heng Cheong made the ruling on Friday, in chambers.
Counsel Ebrina Zubir told reporters that the court awarded his client, Corporal S. Selvakumar, 32, a total of RM779,500 for unlawful detention and restriction, and RM50,000 and RM150,000 in aggravated and exemplary damages, respectively.
She said the amount was for 826 days of detention at various police stations and restriction at the Simpang Renggam detention centre between July 26, 2004 and Oct 28, 2006.
Selvakumar, currently attached with the Cheras police headquarters, told reporters that he was "very happy" after nine years of legal battle.
On June 10, 2009, Selvakumar filed the suit, naming the superintendent of Simpang Renggam detention centre, Seremban D7 branch Chief Inspector S. Vijeyan, inspector-general of police, home minister and the Government of Malaysia as defendants.
In the statement of claim, he said that on Feb 16, 2003, he was detained by the police for alleged robbery in Ipoh, Perak and was subsequently, charged at the Ipoh Sessions Court.
He said that in April, the following year, the prosecution applied for an order to discharge, not amounting to an acquittal, but while the case was pending, he was detained again to facilitate investigations into a RM1mil robbery in Seremban.
Selvakumar claimed that the police could not connect him or find any evidence against him to the Seremban robbery and later, he was detained at various police stations.
He said he was detained at various police stations and restricted at the Simpang Renggam detention centre between July 26, 2004 and Oct 28, 2006.
He was released on Nov 28, 2006 and taken back into the police force on Nov 1, the same year.
The defendants, in their statement of defence, stated their actions were in accordance with the law. - Bernama