Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday declined to stay the proceedings on Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh worker Rudresh’s murder case before a special court.
A Division Bench comprising acting Chief Justice H.G. Ramesh and Justice P.S. Dinesh Kumar declined to interfere with the proceedings before the special court when counsel for the accused persons sought a stay till the court decided the question of jurisdiction of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe the case and maintainability of the appeal filed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) against a single-judge bench’s order.
The bench adjourned further hearing till November 28 on the appeal filed by the MHA against the March 21, 2017 order of the single-judge bench, which had quashed the December 7, 2016 order of the MHA entrusting the probe to the NIA.
The accused — Waseem Ahmed, Mujeeb, Sadiq, Irfan Pasha, and Popular Front of India’s local leader Asim Sharif — had challenged MHA’s decision to transfer the case to the NIA and invoking of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 against them.
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