The Madras High Court bench here on Friday ordered an interim stay on an order passed by the Special Court for Vigilance and Anti-Corruption, Tiruchi.

The trial court had on April 5 directed the deputy superintendent of police, Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Wing, to conduct further investigation into a case registered against former DMK minister K.N.Nehru. Mr Nehru, during his tenure as State transport minister from 2006 to 2011, had allegedly acquired assets disproportionate to his known sources of income in his and his wife’s names. He was booked under Section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, and Section 109 of the Indian Penal Code.

The police issued summons to Mr Nehru for inquiry, following which he filed a petition before the trial court seeking to discharge him from the inquiry. The trial court directed the police to conduct further investigation because the inquiry was inadequate, he said. According to Mr. Nehru, the trial court did not have the powers to order further investigation suo motu.

When Mr Nehru’s petition came up for hearing, Justice Aruna Jegadeesan ordered stay on further investigation and posted the case to June 3.