Regina Ip's sister-in-law accused of damaging firm's reputation

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 October, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 October, 2003, 12:00am

The sister-in-law of former security chief Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee has been named in a writ for allegedly conspiring with others to damage a firm's reputation.

The writ, filed yesterday by Poly Friends Ltd, involves the $1million 1997 renovation of the lift lobby of the AIE Building in Central.

Poly Friends alleges that as chairwoman of the Incorporated Owners of the AIE Building, Henrietta Ip Man-hing instigated a resolution that the cost of the renovation be shared by all of the building's owners.

But Poly Friends alleges that it and another owner objected because the lobby space was registered to Rayland Investment Ltd.

'Despite the objection, Dr Ip and the Incorporated Owners went ahead ... and demanded that Poly Friends pay their share of the renovation costs,' the writ says.

Further, it alleges that after Poly Friends continued to refuse, Dr Ip instructed the Incorporated Owners to 'wrongfully register' a memorandum of charge over the share of renovation expenses.

'That [memorandum] was then posted on the notice board at the entrance of the lobby and inside the lifts as arrears, to the embarrassment and detriment of Poly Friends,' the writ says.

A hearing before Judge Z.E. Li in the Lands Tribunal had found the lift lobby was a common facility and ruled against Poly Friends.

But the writ states that despite a pending appeal over the court decision, Ng Wai-yan - from Andrew W.Y. Ng & Co Solicitors - wrongfully registered a charging order against Poly Friends' property on the 12th floor of the building on January 30, 2001.

In September this year, Dr Ip further instructed Mr Ng to draft a resolution to be passed by the Incorporated Owners that a winding-up petition be presented to court 'to damage Poly Friends, with the full knowledge that its property is under mortgage to the bank', the writ says.

Poly Friends is seeking an undisclosed amount of general damages and $4.35 million in special damages. It also wants an injunction to restrain any act that would cause it further damage.




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