Madurai: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Wednesday stayed the proceedings of the defamation case in a lower court against former Assembly Speaker R Avudayappan and also dispensed with his personal appearance.
Avudayappan had moved the Madras High Court bench here to quash a defamation case pending against him in the Additional District and Sessions Court, Tirunelveli.
Justice CT Selvam ordered stay on proceedings.
The public prosecutor had filed a private complaint charging Avudayappan with having made defamatory statements against the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister at a public meeting in Palayamkottai in February.
In his petition, Avudayappan claimed that the cognizance of the case taken note of by the Principal Sessions Judge was illegal.