Petrol station directors plead not guilty to hoarding diesel

JOHOR BARU - A petrol station company and two of its directors were brought to the Sessions Court here for illegally storing 309,525 litres of diesel.

Syarikat Great Future Petroleum Sdn Bhd was charged with storing the controlled item without permission in the ship MT Hui Cai at about 6pm in Sungai Kong Kong, Pasir Gudang, on June 6, 2013.

The Selangor-based company was represented by two of its directors Datuk Lokman Mustafa, 56, and M. Kaniappan, 68, who pleaded not guilty to the joint charge read out before judge Mohamad Haldar Abdul Aziz yesterday.

Lokman and Kaniappan were also charged separately as individuals.

They claimed trial to the charge under Section 21(1) of the Supply Control Act and punishable under Section 22(2) of the same Act.

Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry prosecutor Alison Chan appealed to the court to issue an arrest warrant for the company's other director K. Alagendra, 27, who failed to appear in court yesterday.

Mohamad Haldar fixed RM60,000 (S$23,380) bail and one surety for each of the accused.

He set Oct 27 for the next mention of the case and ordered their passports to be surrendered to the court.

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