Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah got relief from the Andhra Pradesh High Court on Friday when a judge stayed the proceedings against him in a land allotment case before the Principal Court for Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) cases in Hyderabad.
Justice Samudrala Govinda Rajulu was dispensing with the personal appearance of the Tamil Nadu Governor while passing orders on a criminal petition challenging the issuance of summons by the ACB court.
The ACB court had issued summons to Mr. Rosaiah in a case filed by Mohan Lal, an advocate. He alleged that proceedings were issued when Mr. Rosaiah was the A.P. Chief Minister for allotting nine acres of prime land at Maitrivanam at Ameerpet here on extraneous considerations.
Mr. Rosaiah, in his petition, contended that Article 361(2) of the Constitution barred the institution or continuation of criminal proceedings against a Governor.
Justice Govinda Rajulu issued interim orders keeping in view the constitutional provision. He said: “There is a prima facie case for staying the case before the lower court of all further proceedings, including appearance of the petitioner.”