Instead of the High Court, the Sessions Court will hear the case against a director of a home builder, who is accused of giving a RM1 million bribe to former Federal Territories minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor to increase the plot ratio of a site in Jalan Semarak in Kuala Lumpur, reported Bernama.
This is after Deputy Public Prosecutor Lailawati Ali withdrew the prosecution’s application to transfer the corruption case against 70-year-old businessman Datuk Tan Eng Boon from the Sessions Court to the High Court.
Tan, who is a director of Nucleus Properties (now known as Paragon City Development), pleaded not guilty on 15 November 2018 for allegedly depositing a RM1 million Public Bank cheque into Tengku Adnan’s CIMB Bank account.
It is alleged that the RM1 million bribe is intended to reward Tengku Adnan for approving a higher plot ratio for Lot 228 in Jalan Semarak, which will allow Paragon City Development to build more units in the site.
The crime allegedly happened at CIMB Bank’s office in Putra World Trade Centre along Jalan Tun Ismail in Kuala Lumpur on 27 December 2013.
Tan also pleaded not guilty against another charge for allegedly assisting Tengku Adnan to accept the RM1 million bribe as a government official, even though the latter is cognizant of the fact that Tan is a director of Nucleus Properties and Tengku Adnan’s office is handling transactions related to the company.
The Director of Paragon City Development is charged under Section 109 and 165 of the Penal Code, which imposes a fine and/or maxim jail term of two years if convicted.
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