PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court today sentenced former lawyer V K Lingam to six months’ for contempt for claiming that the bench had plagiarised its judgment in a commercial case.

Lingam was not present in court when the decision was read by justice Abu Samah Nordin who chaired the five-man bench.

Earlier, Lingam applied to disqualify six judges from hearing his case on grounds of bias. They are Suriyadi Halim Omar, Abu Samah, Ramli Ali, Azahar Mohamed, Balia Yusof Wahi and Jeffrey Tan Kok Wha. Suriyadi has since retired.

Lingam had appeared for a family in a civil suit.

Following a Federal Court decision in 2012 that went against his clients, Lingam filed a review of that decision on grounds that the judgment was plagiarised.

Lingam, the 24 family members and another lawyer, T C Nayagam, were charged with contempt.

The family members and Nayagam pleaded guilty to the charge and were fined.

MEANWHILE, according to Malaysiakini:

The Federal Court today ordered lawyer VK Lingam to be imprisoned six months after finding him guilty of contempt over claims of plagiarism in a written judgment from 2012.

According to the Malaysiakini news portal, the sentence was handed down by a five-member panel led by Tan Sri Abu Samah Nordin.

“A warrant of committal would be issued and the sentence will proceed forthwith,” he was quoted as saying when delivering the unanimous decision.

The charge dates back to 2012 and the case has taken this long due to Lingam’s repeated absence from proceedings for a variety of reasons, chiefly medical.

In September, the Federal Court ordered Lingam to attend hearings after rejecting the veracity of the medical report used to justify his absence.

Lingam was again not present during today’s hearing.

The lawyer previously gained prominence after being implicated in the fixing of judicial appointments, which was the topic of a 2007 Royal Commission of Inquiry.

– FMT / Malaly Mail