28 June 2013

PM or cabinet must act on IGP, says Gobind

Puchong Member of Parliament Gobind Singh Deo moved a motion today urging the prime minister or the cabinet to take action against Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar following yesterday’s Kuala Lumpur High Court decision which held him responsible for the death of detainee A. Kugan. 

Due to public interest, Gobind said the House should be adjourned for this matter to be debated, whether the IGP was fit to continue in his post. 

The court had ruled that Khalid, in his capacity as the then Selangor police chief, was responsible for Kugan's death. 

Kugan was arrested in Puchong on Jan 14, 2009 and was detained at the Puchong police station overnight before he was sent to the Taipan police station for investigations. 

He was found dead at the lock-up there on Jan 20. 

In making his decision, the judge made a finding that there were elements of a cover-up by Khalid when he failed to classify the investigations into the death as murder, based on the injuries on the deceased's body. 

The judge also said Khalid also failed to clarify his statement over Kugan's death. 

"Due to the findings of the court which were covered by the media extensively, the question now arose whether Khalid is still fit to hold on to his post, or should he be sacked or suspended immediately," said Gobind in a statement. 

"It is clear that this is of public interest and must be dealt with urgently." - June 27, 2013.


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