By M. Mageswari
Meanwhile, senior lawyer Roger Tan said it was for the courts and the disciplinary board to decide whether Karpal Singh was in breach of ethics, adding that the Bar Council should not prejudge the issue.
“It’s unacceptable to describe any member of the Bar raising the issue as mischievous,” he said in a tweet.
PETALING JAYA: There are no grounds for DAP chairman Karpal Singh to be called as a witness in the ongoing sodomy trial of Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the Bar Council said.
Its president Ragunath Kesavan said there was also no basis for misgivings regarding the legal and moral standing of the veteran lawyer to serve as a defence counsel in the trial.
“It is therefore mischievous of any party, let alone members of the Bar, to now intimate that Karpal should be disqualified on the basis of his access to so-called knowledge in the previous sodomy trial,” he said.
“The issues that have been raised in recent days might have been relevant in that earlier trial, had the then Public Prosecutor voiced any opposition to Karpal’s role as a potential prosecution witness, and his subsequent appearance as defence counsel.