Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court on Thursday stayed till March 31 the First Information Report (FIR) registered against BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister R. Ashok in a corruption case related to illegality in regularisation of lands under unauthorised occupation during 1998-2007.
Justice Budihal R.B. passed the interim order while observing that there is a prima facie case for staying the probe.
It has been observed in the order that the investigation is required to be stayed till the issues raised in the writ petitions, filed by Mr. Ashok and one Karthik. B, a beneficiary of regularisation, are finally considered and decided by the court.
The court rejected the claim of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), which has registered the FIR that the investigation of cases registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act cannot be stayed.
The court, citing earlier verdicts, reiterated that there is no bar to stay investigations as bar applies only against stalling trials pending before the special courts.