Businessman settles fraud suit over luxury car lent to actress

Businessman settles fraud suit over luxury car lent to actress
A BMW 320i.

KUALA LUMPUR - A businessman has settled a negligence and fraud suit against the Government and two others over a luxury car lent to an actress.

Federal Counsel Nurhasmanita Abdul Manap said the Government, the Transport Ministry and the Selangor Road Transport Department (JPJ) director had settled the civil dispute with the businessman.

"The parties have to bear their own costs," she told reporters here after High Court judge Justice Hue Siew Kheng recorded the consent order in chambers.

Under the consent order made available to the press, it was stated, among others, that the JPJ director would issue a new certificate of registration for the car in the businessman's name as administrator of his late father's estate.

Businessman Kevin Shah Kadar Shah, 33, is suing actress Zarina Anjoulie Lavocah Mohd Fahizul and seven others for damages over the car.

Nurhasmanita said Kevin Shah was proceeding with his suit against Public Islamic Bank Bhd and despatch clerk Salleh Idris.

Federal Counsel Nur Aqilah Ishak said the businessman had also filed a certificate of non-appearance against the actress and two others - K-Seng Motor and one Mohd Saibong Mat Salleh named as co-defendants in the claim.

In the statement of claim, Kevin had named the Selangor JPJ director, the ministry, the Government, Zarina, Salleh, the bank, Mohd Saibong and K-Seng as defendants.

In his suit filed on Nov 12 last year, Kevin said his late father Kadar Shah Sulaiman had bought a used car - a BMW 320i Limousine RHD - for which Kadar obtained a facility from the bank to finance the purchase.

He said his father had lent the car to Zarina, who was Kadar's friend, for her daily use.

Kevin said Zarina, who has appeared in TV dramas such as Anak Pontianak and films such as Ular, did not return the car to his family after his father's death in November 2011.

He claimed that the car was repossessed by the bank later although he had settled its outstanding payments.

He also claimed his father never sent a letter dated Feb 28, 2011 to the bank and/or his signature on the letter had been forged by Salleh, Zarina or other parties without his consent.

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