A three-man special independent panel has been formed to investigate and determine the authenticity of a video clip showing a senior lawyer purportedly brokering the appointment of judges. The panel comprises former Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Haidar Mohd Noor as chairman, National Service Council chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye and former Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mahadev Shankar.
(The Star,26 September 2007)
Excerpt from the story Court reserves judgment on case by A-G against Bar Council man,8 June 1990,Straits Times
Attorney-General Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman initiated contempt proceedings against Mr Manjeet on the basis of an affidavit filed by the Bar Council official.
In his affidavit, Mr Manjeet supported a motion by the Bar to send Tun Abdul
Hamid, the Lord President of the Judiciary, to jail for alleged contempt of court.
He referred to Tun Hamid's instructions to the then Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Mr Haidar Mohamed Noor on July 2, 1988, to lock the doors of the Supreme Court and not let any court staff be present at a special sitting to hear an application by former Lord President Tun Salleh Abas over his suspension.
Mr Manjeet accused Tun Abdul Hamid, who was then the Chief Justice of Malaya
and Acting Lord President, of attempting to prevent, frustrate and interfere with the special sitting on July 2.