High Court declines to quash criminal case

Special Correspondent

Trial in Dr. Prakash case being monitored The accused submitted that the case was foisted on him as he had refused to pay money to a police officer

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Thursday declined to quash the criminal proceedings against Dr. L. Prakash, an accused under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code, Information Technology Act, Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act and Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act.

In their petitions, Dr. Prakash and two others submitted that the case was foisted against them as they had refused to pay lakhs of rupees to a police officer. Pointing out that a final report was filed on March 20, 2002, and an additional final report was filed on February 18, 2003, they said a fraud had been played on the court.

Rejecting the submissions, a Division Bench comprising Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice J.A.K. Sampathkumar said: "The allegations relating to the filing of second final report and its maintainability are matters to be considered by the trial court. From a perusal of various orders passed by the High Court earlier, it is clear that the trial is being monitored and directions are being issued then and there for early completion of trial."

In this regard, the Bench pointed out that the Public Prosecutor too had submitted that the trial would be completed before April 24, 2006, which is the deadline set by the High Court. "We are satisfied that the petitioners have not made out a prima facie case for quashing the proceedings [before the VI Fast Track Court here]," the Bench said.