The civil suits brought by two town councils against three senior Workers’ Party (WP) MPs and other defendants began at the High Court on Friday morning (5 October).
The suits were filed by Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) and Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council (PRPTC) against former WP leader Low Thia Khiang, current chairman Sylvia Lim and chief Pritam Singh.
Also named as defendants in the suits are AHTC councillors Chua Zhi Hon, Kenneth Foo Seck Guan, How Weng Fan and FM Solutions and Services (FMSS), which was the town council’s former managing agent.
The suits allege a breach of fiduciary duties in the appointment of FMSS and involve more than $33 million alleged to have been wrongfully paid to the company and its service provider FM Solutions and Integrated Services (FMSI).
The suits are being heard before Justice Kannan Ramesh, and the hearings are expected to run till 2 November.
On the plaintiff’s side, law firm Shook Lin & Bok is representing AHTC, while Senior Counsel Davinder Singh will lead Drew & Napier’s team in representing PRPTC.
On the defendants’ side, Senior Counsel Chelva Retnam Rajah will lead Tan Rajah & Cheah’s team in representing the three WP MPs, as well as Chua and Foo. Law firm Netto & Magin is representing How and FMSS.
– With additional reporting by Wan Ting Koh