PUTRAJAYA - Datuk Seri S. Nallakaruppan has succeeded in bringing back to trial a RM60 million (S$23 million) suit against him filed by Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, following a ruling by the Federal Court here to restore the senator's statement of defence.
A five-man bench headed by Justice Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin yesterday granted Nallakaruppan's appeal to restore his statement of defence which was struck out by the High Court and Court of Appeal.
The panel ordered Anwar's suit to be remitted back to the Kuala Lumpur High Court for trial.
Justice Zulkefli also instructed Anwar to pay RM20,000 in costs to Nallakaruppan.
The other judges sitting on the panel were Justices Suriadi Halim Omar, Hasan Lah, Zaleha Azahari and Jeffrey Tan.
"There are triable issues in the defence that should go on trial and the court restored our defence," Nallakaruppan's lawyer Datuk Seri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah told reporters after the judgment.
Anwar filed the suit on Aug 25, 2008 over alleged derogatory remarks by Nallakaruppan in articles published by Mingguan Malaysia and Sinar Harian that he had allegedly received RM60 millon.
On June 19, 2012, the High Court found Nallakaruppan liable for making defamatory statements against the PKR adviser.
Judge Justice Su Geok Yiam made the ruling after allowing Anwar's application to strike out Nallakaruppan's defence.