New Delhi: A special court has temporarily halted the summons issued to BJP leader Syed Shahnawaz Hussain by a local magistrate court in response to a woman’s complaint of rape and criminal intimidation.
The stay order was issued on October 17 by special judge MK Nagpal, upon a revision petition by Mr. Hussain, who was directed to appear before the magistrate on October 20. The judge has also summoned the complainant to respond to the petition by November 8. Until then, all legal proceedings related to this case are on hold.
Mr. Hussain’s petition argued that the magistrate had based their decision on the complainant’s statement under section 164 CrPC, despite ample oral and documentary evidence suggesting no such incident occurred.
This case has seen legal challenges at various levels, including the Supreme Court’s rejection of Hussain’s plea in January. The high court also upheld the order to register an FIR against him in August last year, following a lower court’s ruling in 2018.
The case centres on allegations made by a Delhi-based woman against Hussain, who has consistently denied the accusations.