Madras High Court stays defamation case against MK Stalin
On Thursday the Madras High Court has stayed the proceeding of criminal defamation cases against DMK president MK Stalin for derogatory comments against the CM Edappadi K Palaniswami, at the time of meeting with the public.
HC Chief N Anand Venkatesh also dispensed with the personal appearance of Stalin before the trial court till further orders. In that case, the defamation case registered on behalf of the CM said that the petitioner claimed DMK made defamatory statements while attending in marriage over at a Sholinganallur in Kancheepuram on January 20.
According to the news, the home department passed an order, dated February 12, where the governor gave approved to prosecute the petitioner for the offense under section 499 ( criminal defamation) of the IPC and authorized the district public prosecutor to register a complaint.
He said Talking awareness of the complaint, the Kancheepuram principal district judge passed court orders to the petitioners directing his personal appearance on July 5. Allegedly the statement would not constitute defamation as its basin respect of CM’s held in the eject of his public function, the partitioner wanted the court to quash the proceeding.