The case involving a businessman who allegedly gave a RM1 million bribe to former Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor over approval to raise the development related ratio on Jalan Semarak, Kuala Lumpur, will be tried in the Sessions Court.
This was decided after the prosecution represented by deputy public prosecutor Lailawati Ali withdrew the application to transfer the corruption case against Datuk Tan Eng Boon (picture), 70, from the Sessions Court to the High Court.
High Court Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah later revoked the application.
Counsel Faisal Moideen, representing Tan, protested the prosecution’s move to withdraw the application on the grounds that the defence had filed an affidavit in response to the application for transfer of the case to the High Court.
On Dec 26, 2018, the prosecution filed a motion notification request to transfer the case to the High Court.
On Nov 15 last year, Tan, who is also the director of a property development company pleaded not guilty to allegedly giving a bribe as benefits to Tengku Adnan, 68, by depositing a RM1 million Public Bank Bhd cheque belonging to Pekan Nenas Industries Sdn Bhd into Tengku Adnan’s CIMB Bank Bhd account.
Tan was charged with giving the bribe as a reward for Tengku Adnan’s approval of Nucleus Properties Sdn Bhd (now known as Paragon City Development Sdn Bhd) to increase the plot ratio relating to the development of Lot 228 on Jalan Semarak.
Tan also pleaded not guilty to an alternative charge of allegedly helping Tengku Adnan to allegedly commit the crime of accepting the RM1 million cheque as a public servant, when the latter knew that Tan as a director in Nucleus Properties had links to his official duties.