Hougang cleaner files summons to order PM Lee to appear in court
Posted by temasektimes on June 3, 2012
On Friday, Madam Vellama filed a summons via her lawyer M Ravi to order PM Lee Hsien Loong to appear before the court to give evidence for remarks which he had made in Parliament with regards to his powers of discretion.
PM Lee had earlier said in parliament that he will “take into account all relevant factors, including the well-being of Hougang residents, issues on the national agenda, as well as the international backdrop which affects our prosperity and security” in deciding when he would call the by-election in Hougang.”
The affidavit said it is ‘imperative that the PM be cross-examined on these matters’ and asked the courts to settle the question of whether the PM has ‘unfettered discretion’ in calling by-elections.
Meanwhile the Attorney-General Chambers has filed a separate application to strike out Madam Vellama’s affidavit, describing it as ‘frivolous’ and an ‘abuse of the courts’.