On Tuesday, a panel of two judges -- Datuk Nik Hashim Nik Ab Rahman and Datuk Zulkefli Ahmad Makinuddin -- ruled that Raja Petra's application to recuse justice Paul was without any merit.
Lawyer Malik Imtiaz Sarwar who acted for Raja Petra had argued in court then that the application for recusal could not be heard by two judges since Section 74 of the Courts of Judicature Act requires the sitting of three Federal Court judges.
In his new motion, Raja Petra also sought another panel of judges -- excluding justices Nik Hashim, Paul and Zulkefli -- to hear the review application and his appeal which was scheduled to be heard on Monday be adjourned pending the determination of the motion.
Raja Petra, 58, was arrested under the ISA on Sept 12, 2008 and later sent to the Kamunting detention camp in Taiping, Perak. On Nov 7, High Court Judge Datuk Syed Ahmad Helmy Syed Ahmad granted him a writ of habeas corpus after holding that the detention under Section 8 of the Act did not come within the scope of that section.