Lawyer Nik Alia Hanafi, representing Najib, when contacted by reporters, said the application was filed last Feb 14 also on grounds that he was not a civil servant as claimed by Pua in the writ of summon and statement of claim.
He said the case came up for case management in chambers today before High Court judge Datuk John Louis O'Hara, who fixed March 7 for another case management.
Also present at the proceeding was Pua's lawyer, Joanne Chua, and senior federal counsel Zureen Elina Mohd Dom, acting on behalf of the government, who was named the second defendant in the suit.
Nik Alia said Najib had also obtained a stay to file his statement of defence pending the disposal of his application to strike out the suit by Pua.
Meanwhile, Zureen Elina said the government would file an application to strike out the suit and had been given two weeks by the court to do so.
Pua filed the suit against Najib on Jan 16 this year for misfeasance in public office over the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) issue and is seeking general, aggravated and exemplary damages, interest, cost and other relief deemed fit by the court. – Bernama