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HC refuses to stay 3-year sentence to TN Minister in riot case

The Madras High Court Friday declined to stay the conviction of former Tamil Nadu Minister Balakrishna Reddy, who is facing disqualification after he was sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment in a 1998 riot case by a special court. Justice V Parthiban dismissed the plea by Reddy, seeking to suspend the conviction and three-year sentence till the final disposal of his appeal challenging the January 7 order of the special court. The judge directed the court registry to post the main appeal challenging the trial court order to the first week of February for final disposal. This court is unable to comprehend as to how yesteryear law breaker can rightfully claim to continue as law framer in the teeth of the impugned conviction, by seeking indulgence of this court to suspend the conviction, the judge said. Though today, society does not expect saints in public life due to progressive erosion of traditional values and ethos, at least it can hope to look forward to have tolerant ..

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