Mustafa founder fails to strike out step-family's lawsuit

File photo showing an entrance of Mustafa Centre. Its founder, Mustaq Ahmad, and five others are being sued for alleged oppressive conduct under the Companies Act by his step-siblings and their mother.
File photo showing an entrance of Mustafa Centre. Its founder, Mustaq Ahmad, and five others are being sued for alleged oppressive conduct under the Companies Act by his step-siblings and their mother. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Mr Mustaq Ahmad, founder of the iconic Mustafa Centre, has failed in his High Court bid to strike out his step-family's high-stakes lawsuit against him and five others.

High Court Assistant Registrar Scott Tan ruled that there was a novel and "knotty" issue to be settled, and it was not " plain and obvious" - a criterion for striking out a lawsuit. This means the case will proceed to a full trial, unless the assistant registrar's decision is reversed on appeal.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 10, 2018, with the headline 'Mustafa founder fails to strike out step-family's lawsuit'. Subscribe