HC stays summons to Karunanidhi, Stalin

Madras High Court on Tuesday stayed proceedings against M Karunanidhi and his son MK Stalin before a lower.

Updated: Sep 18, 2012, 22:28 PM IST

Chennai: Madras High Court on Tuesday stayed proceedings against DMK President M Karunanidhi and his son M K Stalin before a lower court in two different defamation cases filed by the Tamil Nadu Government.

Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar also stayed proceedings against the Printer, Publisher and Editor of DMK organ `Murasoli`, cited as co-accused in the two cases pending before the Sessions Court here.

The stay was granted on separate petitions by Karunanidhi, Stalin and Editor of Murasoli S Selvam.

The sessions court had earlier issued summons to Karunanidhi and Stalin, DMK Treasurer, to appear before it on October 10 in connection with the defamation complaints filed by the government to relating their comments on Chief Minister Jayalalithaa`s recent stay in Kodanadu estate.

The government had sought defamation proceedings against Murasoli`s Editor for publishing the remarks of Karunanidhi and Stalin in its July 30 and August 8 issues.

The high court also stayed proceedings against English daily `Times of India` on a defamation case filed by the state government before the Sessions Judge.