THE Hong Kong University is facing a judicial review of its recent inquiry that cleared an academic of plagiarism and called into question a ruling by the High Court in 1992. The High Court last week granted leave to Dr Linda Koo Chih-ling and Professor John Ho Hung-chiu in an application for a review of the university's inquiry report. The inquiry report released in January cleared Dr Lam Tai-hing, a reader at the university's Community Medicine Department of plagiarising Dr Koo's and Professor Ho's questionnaire. The findings contradicted a civil case ruling by the High Court in 1992 that Dr Lam obtained the questionnaire on Hong Kong women's lung cancer 'surreptitiously' in the early 1980s. Dr Lam lost his appeal in 1993. The High Court awarded damages to Dr Koo, a lecturer in the Department of Community Medicine, and Professor Ho, honorary clinical professor at the university's Department of Radiation Oncology, but the two academics have not pursued the issue. Dr Koo and Professor Ho claim that when conducting an investigation into the conduct of Dr Lam Tai-hing, the university's committee on personnel matters did not act fairly towards them. They said they were not given an opportunity to comment on the evidence of Dr Lam and other witnesses and that criticisms were made of both of them in the report.