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MLC wants court proceedings quashed

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A lower court had ordered registration of case against him

BANGALORE: The suspended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLC, G. Janardhan Reddy, on Tuesday moved the Karnataka High Court seeking quashing of proceedings initiated against him by a Bangalore court.

The Additional City Civil and Sessions Judge, Metropolitan area, Bangalore, on August 14, 2006, ordered registration of a case and issue of process against Mr. Reddy following complaints by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and Home Minister M.P. Prakash.

In their complaints, Mr. Kumaraswamy and Mr. Prakash had said that Mr. Reddy had levelled allegations of bribery against them and made unwarranted, unfounded and baseless remarks, accusing them of collecting money from the mining sector in Bellary.

The complaints stated that the statements are defamatory and derogatory in nature. It had cited reports published in several newspapers and urged the court to take cognisance.

In two criminal petitions, Mr. Reddy said with complaints being lodged against him, cases were registered against him for offences under Section 500 of the Indian Penal Code.

Challenging the issue of process, Mr. Reddy said the State itself had said that the charges of bribery and corruption levelled against the ministers was the subject matter of inquiry before a judicial commission. If the commission were to submit a report establishing the charges of bribery and corruption, then the statements made against the ministers would not be defamatory.

He said he had also moved the High Court seeking an investigation by an independent agency into the issue.

The mater is still pending consideration and in case the High Court accepts the petition, the charges become the subject matter of a crime and its investigation.

He urged the court to call for records from lower court and also reverse and set aside the August 14 order apart from quashing all proceedings.

Justice A.C. Kabbin, who heard the matter for some time, adjourned further hearing on the case to Thursday.

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