Published: Thursday May 8, 2014 MYT 2:12:00 PM
Updated: Thursday May 8, 2014 MYT 2:47:17 PM
BY M. MAGESWARI
KUALA LUMPUR: National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFCorp) is attempting to dispose of its suit on Thursday against Public Bank Bhd over the alleged leak of confidential information based on point of law.
Its counsel Wan Shahrizal Wan Ladin said that the bank via its defence statement had claimed that one of its former staff, Johari Mohamad, had printed out their banking information, which were similar with the documents circulated by PKR strategic director Mohd Rafizi Ramli on March 7, 2012, defaming his clients.
“We are saying that the bank, as the employer, is vicariously liable for the act of its employee.
“That is the reason why we filed this application to the court to dispose on issue of liability, summarily (without going for a full trial),” he said.
Speaking to reporters here, NFCorp co-counsel Hariharan Tara Singh said that his clients filed the application under Order 14A of the Rules of Court 2012 as they felt that issues could be finally determined by way of affidavits’ evidence.
“However, the banks want to go for a full trial,” he said.
He said if the matter could not be disposed of in such a manner, its trial would be heard from Oct 9.
NFCorp, its related companies and its chairman had on May 22, 2012, filed a lawsuit against the bank stating that its business reputation and credibility had suffered irreparable loss and damage as a result of the security breach of the Banking and Financial Institutions Act 1989 (Bafia) by the bank.
On a defamation suit filed by NFCorp and its chairman Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail against Mohd Rafizi and online news publisher Mkini Dotcom Sdn Bhd over a statement in relation to loans to purchase KL Eco City properties, Hariharan said, the same court had set June 3 for case management.
“It is to finalise the list of witnesses. If the defence wants to file any documents, they have to do so by June 2,” he added.