An ethnic Indian leader has filed a suit claiming $28.6 million as compensation against the Malaysian government, Attorney General, Inspector General of Police and three newspaper publishers for allegedly defaming him.
M Manoharan, who is the legal adviser to the banned Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), is seeking, among others, exemplary and aggravated damages, and an injunction to prevent IGP Musa Hassanand and Attorney General Abdul Gani or their agents from repeating the alleged defamatory words against him.
The three newspapers involved are The Star, The New Straits Times and Utusan Malaysia.
In the statement of claims, Manoharan stated that Hindraf relied on peaceful means to bring about reforms and the government had mounted a campaign to put him and the party in a bad light.
Musa and Abdul Gani had falsely and with malicious intent caused the defamatory words to be published in the three newspapers, he said.
Manoharan also claimed his detention under the Internal Security Act on Dec 13, 2007, at the Kamunting detention centre in Taiping was unlawful and politically motivated.
He was released on May 9 this year.
The IGP and the government had used defamatory words as one of the grounds to detain him under ISA, the Hindraf leader was said as quoting by national news agency Bernama.