Censuring the conduct of the Karnataka government, the Supreme Court Friday stayed the trial proceedings in a Bangalore court against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in a corruption case.
A Bench of Justices B S Chauhan and S A Bobde ordered a stay on the proceedings while asking the Karnataka government to file its reply to her petition against the manner in which orders withdrawing the special prosecutor in the case was passed.
“It is not the way to deal with the matter. We want to now hear the matter fully. If trial is required to be brought to this court, we will conduct the trial too but we now want to hear it. It is too much...,” observed a Bench, expressing its displeasure.
Jayalalithaa had approached the apex court second time in less than a fortnight on the decision of the state government to remove G Bhavani Singh as the prosecutor.
Previously on September 6, the court had simply disposed of the matter after the Karnataka government backtracked on the issue of directly removing Singh and also agreed to withdraw the contentious notification.
Admitting the procedural lapses, the government conceded before the SC that it was withdrawing the order to take off Singh as special public prosecutor in the case since it was issued without consulting the Chief Justice of High Court.