PUTRAJAYA: A three-member independent panel has been formed to investigate the controversial video clip of a lawyer allegedly brokering judicial appointments with a senior judge.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said yesterday the decision to establish the panel was made after discussions with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in view of the widespread perception that the standing of the judiciary was at stake.

“The decision was made as the allegations and speculations arising from the video clip cast doubt on the integrity and credibility of the judicial system. ( Story link )

Meanwhile, a Bar Council-sponsored march will take place today at 11 a.m. The purpose is to submit a memorandum to the Cabinet (specifically to the Prime Minister), calling for the setting up of a Royal Commission to investigate issues jeopardising the Judiciary. Now that an independent panel has been set up to investigate this case, I am not sure if the memorandum still stands, but I am very sure that the march will still take place.

The march will begin from the Palace of Justice till the Prime Minister’s office, both in Putrajaya.