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Court to hear Hougang by-election case

The High Court on Tuesday dismissed the attorney general’s arguments to have the application by Vellama Marie Muthu thrown out.

Vellama’s application sought the court to determine the Prime Minister’s discretionary powers in calling by-elections in Singapore.

In doing so, the courts have granted Vellama’s application for leave to have her case heard. In essence, Judge Philip Pillai’s decision means Vellama, through her lawyer M Ravi, has satisfied the Court that there is an arguable case against the State and that the courts recognise the need for clarification on the constitutional questions raised by Vellama in her application.

Last Friday, lawyers representing the two sides were in Pillai’s chambers for three hours presenting their arguments.

The attorney general was represented by chief counsel David Chong and senior state counsel Hema Subramanian.

On Tuesday, Judge Pillai decided that there is a prima facie case to be heard in open court and ordered two days to be set aside for it. The hearing will take place at 10 am on 16 April, with 17 April reserved for the proceedings if required.

The proceedings will be open to the public.