The High Court has stayed all trial proceedings against Transport Minister Antony Raju in an evidence tampering case dating back to 1990 for a period of one month.
The case was that Raju, while practicing as a lawyer, tampered with a material object in a drug peddling case in which a foreign national was the accused.
It is evident from the records that the required proceedings, to be taken upon tampering with any evidence in the court’s custody, have not been complied with in the case. Hence, there is a prima facie case in favour of the petitioner, the High Court observed, while allotting the stay.
Justice Ziyad Rahman issued the order in a petition by minister Antony Raju, seeking to quash all the proceedings of the Judicial First Class Magistrate Court, Nedumangad.
The court admitted the plea while issuing notices to the government and the petitioner rtd. Sheristar T.G. Gopalakrishnan Nair.