Kuala Lumpur, Sept.10 : A magistrate's court order to ban the Hindu Rights Action Force (HINDRAF) rally held on November 25 last year, has been deemed as valid by the Malaysian High Court.
According to a New Strait Times report, the High Court also dismissed the appeal filed by five HINDRAF leaders to declare the order null and void.
Judge Datuk Mohamed Zabidin Mohd Diah agreed with deputy public prosecutor Raja Rozela Raja Toran that there were no "live issues" before the court.
The five -- lawyers M. Manoharan, V. Ganapathi Rao, P. Uthayakumar, and R. Kengdharan, along with chairman P. Waytha Moorthy -- had appealed against the restriction order earlier this year through their counsel Gobind Singh Deo.
They asked the High Court to declare the order, which barred them from holding the rally, null and void.
The five claimed that the magistrate had erred because the order was made ex-parte and was defective under the law because it did not specify the restriction address and conditions.