BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday stayed for three months all further proceedings against Minister for Home, Law and Parliamentary Affairs M.P. Prakash in a lower court in Bellary.
The court, in its interim order, stayed all further proceedings on the file of the 1st Additional Civil Judge (Junior division) and Junior Magistrate First Class (JMFC), Bellary, except for appearance of Mr. Prakash to obtain bail or until the disposal of the petition, whichever is earlier.
Justice A.C. Kabbin passed the order on a petition by Mr. Prakash for quashing the proceedings, including a private complaint lodged by suspended Bharatiya Janata Party MLC C. Janardhan Reddy before a Bellary court.
In his order, Justice Kabbin said Mr. Prakash shall appear before the trial court for obtaining bail on his return from abroad.
Mr. Prakash had urged the court to set aside the August 21, 2006 order of the Bellary judge taking cognisance of the alleged offences and issuing process to him.
He said that Mr. Reddy had alleged on July 7, 2006 that he [Mr. Prakash] had "no maturity in politics" and also called him "immature".
He said these statements were defamatory in nature and caused disrepute to his status and affected his dignity.
He claimed that the filing of the private complaint against him was an abuse of the process of the law and a Bellary judge had taken cognisance of the complaint and ordered issue of summons to him. He challenged the validity, legality and propriety of the orders passed by the 1st Additional Civil Judge (Junior Division) and JMFC, Bellary.
He said the complaint is one against a public servant alleging offences while discharging his duties as a Minister. Mr. Reddy, he alleged, had initiated the proceedings only for political mileage.
The court, he said, had taken cognisance though there is no sanction from the Government as provided under Section 197 of the Cr.P.C.
Justice Kabbin adjourned further proceedings in the case.