Kochi: Kerala High Court on Wednesday stayed proceedings for a period of one month in the case against transport minister Antony Raju. The stay order was issued in a petition filed by the minister seeking to quash the charge sheet filed in the case.
The trial proceedings in the case were about to begin on Thursday. It was alleged that Antony Raju tampered with the evidence in a 1995 drug case to save an Australian citizen. However, the transport minister said that the case was registered without following the criminal proceedings.
Valiyathura Police registered a case based on a statement given by Sheristadar( administrative head) of Nedumangad Court. However, Antony Raju said Police cannot register a case by citing that evidence in the possession of the court was tampered with. He added that complaints regarding evidence in court's custody should be brought before the magistrate court instead of police.