Adib inquest: temple’s task force files for judicial review

The  task force of the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Seafield near here, which was at the centre of rioting incidents on Nov 26 and 27,  today filed an application to seek a judicial review of the Coroner’s Court barring it from being an interested party in the inquest to find out the cause of death of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.

The task force’s lawyer lawyer, M.Visvanathan, who filed the application at the Shah Alam High Court Registrar’s office here, said they wanted to take part in the proceedings which commence on Feb 11.

“The entire incident of the man’s death (Adib), arose from the result of the (temple) task force not wanting to move from its place.

“You cannot have an investigation in a vacuum. All the circumstances surrounding the death must be investigated so that it  (Coroner’s Court) can come to a reasoned decision,” he told reporters after filing the application at 9am.

He added that the application would most likely be heard this Thursday or Friday.        

Coroner Rofiah Mohamad on Jan 31 had dismissed Visvanathan’s application for the task force  to be part of the inquest on the grounds  that there were no justifiable grounds to make it an interested party.

Rofiah has fixed Feb 11- 28 ;March 1, 4 and  5 ; March 19 – 29  and April 1-12 for the inquest.

Muhammad Adib, 24, was severely injured during rioting  near the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in  the early hours of Nv 27.  He had been part of the response team sent there from the Subang Jaya fire and rescue station because vehicles were being torched.

He died at the National Heart Institute three weeks later on Dec 17.

–BERNAMA