EX PKR MP Gobalakrishnan – RM5,000 fine in default six months’ jail

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BUKIT MERTAJAM – The Magistrate’s Court today imposed a RM5,000 fine in default six months’ jail on Padang Serai MP N Gobalakrishnan after finding him guilty of having used criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging his duty in 2009.

Magistrate Mohd Azhar Hamzah said the penalty imposed on Gobalakrishnan should serve as a lesson for all.

Gobalakrishnan was found guilty of having used criminal force to deter M Karunamuthi of discharging his duty in front of the National Youth Skills Institute (IKBN) here at 11 am on Aug 17, 2009. He is said to have disobeyed a police directive and used a loud hailer to utter provocative words at the police.

The charge, under Section 353 of the Penal Code, provides for a maximum jail term of two years or a fine, or both.

The magistrate said Gobalakrishnan had a similar conviction previously and was fined RM1,000 by the George Town Magistrate’s Court in 2010.

Gobalakrishnan told reporters outside the court that he would appeal against the conviction to the Penang High Court through his counsel, Saiful Ambar Abdullah Ambar.

The independent MP, who resigned from PKR early last year, also said that he would continue to serve his constituents in Padang Serai through Pekemas, a non-governmental organisation. – Bernama