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KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today filed a RM100-million libel suit in the High Court against Malaysian United Indian Party (MUIP) president Senator Datuk S. Nallakaruppan over derogatory remarks in a statement by the latter carried on the front page of the Utusan Malaysia newspaper on March 20.
In the suit filed at the High Court registry here through the law firm of Messrs Daim & Gamany, Anwar named Nallakaruppan as the first defendant, Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Bhd as the second defendant and the newspaper's group chief editor Datuk Abdul Aziz Ishak as the third defendant.
In his originating summons, Anwar claimed that the libellous words contained in the newspaper article were false and baseless and published with malicious intent.
He said the allegations were deliberately created to discredit him and tarnish his reputation as the opposition leader and as a politician.
Anwar claimed that he had sent a letter of demand through his lawyers to all the defendants to withdraw the libellous words but they had failed to do so.
He is claiming RM100 million in general damages, as well as aggravated damages, exemplary damages, costs and other relief deemed fit by the court.
Anwar is also applying for an injunction to prohibit all the defendants and their agents from continuing to state or publish the libellous words. -- BERNAMA