KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has directed the police to respond to a RM150mil wrongful confinement suit filed by Kelantan prince Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Petra against them.
Deputy registrar Norhatini Abd Hamid had ordered the police to file their statement of defence by Jan 31.
The suit is fixed for case management before High Court judge Justice Zabariah Mohd Yusof on Feb 14.
Tengku Muhammad Fakhry has named Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar, then Kelantan Sultan's chief personal bodyguard Asst Supt Norazman Ismail, Abdul Rahim and the police as defendants in his suit.
In his statement of claim filed earlier, the prince said his father, the then Kelantan Ruler, Sultan Ismail Petra, had requested him on Aug 30, 2009, to send a Bentley Brooklands car to Singapore where he was seeking medical treatment.
He said as he was driving towards the gate at Istana Mahkota Kubang Kerian, accompanied by his lawyer Datuk Mohd Haaziq Pillay, he was stopped by the police.
Tengku Muhammad Fakhry claimed that there were some 20 to 30 policemen outside the palace gate to stop him from leaving the compound with the car.
The prince also alleged that five policemen also detained him for an hour, which put him in fear and caused him to suffer emotional disturbance, anxiety, mental stress and humilation among the royalty.
He said the confinement was wrong under the law and unconstitutional.
He is seeking RM100mil in general damages, RM50mil in aggravated and exemplary damages, interests, costs and any relief deemed fit by the court.
Source : The Star