KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 23): The Inland Revenue Board’s (IRB) suit against former Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor to recover RM57.17 million in income tax arrears, was settled amicably at the High Court here today.
“Both parties amicably resolved the matter, it’s a settlement,” lawyer S. Saravana Kumar, representing Tengku Adnan, told reporters after the settlement proceeding which was held in chambers before Judge Datuk Azimah Omar.
The court subsequently recorded the consent judgment.
However, the lawyer decline to disclose the terms of the settlement, including the amount required to be paid by the Putrajaya Member of Parliament (MP) to the IRB.
The proceeding was also attended by senior revenue counsels Norhisham Ahmad and Al-Hummidallah Idrus and deputy solicitor Dr Hazlina Hussain, who appeared for IRB.
On Sept 2, the parties in the case informed Justice Azimah that they were in the process to settle the suit.
Following which, the judge gave two weeks for both parties to discuss the settlement and if no settlement is reached by today, the court will proceed to hear IRB’s application for a summary judgment and Tengku Adnan’s request for a stay of proceeding.
A summary judgment is when the court decides a certain case through arguments without hearing witness statements in the trial.
The Government of Malaysia via IRB filed the suit on July 24 last year against Tengku Adnan for allegedly owing income taxes for assessment years 2012 to 2017 as stated in the Assessment Notice dated March 15 2019.
IRB in its suit, claimed the Putrajaya MP had failed to pay the owing income tax with 10 per cent increase, totalling RM57,167,069.35.
The sum comprised RM64,444.38 (2012); RM6,614,861.59 (2013); RM8,887,576.69 (2014); RM9,198,523.67 (2015); RM5,520,818.05 (2016); and RM26,880,844.97 (2017).
As such, the plaintiff had demanded from the defendant a total of RM57,167,069.35, with interest on the total sum at five per cent per annum from the date of judgement until the date of realisation as well as costs and other relief deemed appropriate by the court. – Bernama