The Supreme Court on Friday stayed an order of the Karnataka High Court which allowed the SIT, set up to probe a rape complaint by a woman and charges of conspiracy against a former state minister, to submit its final report before the trial court.

A Bench of Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice J K Maheshwari also said that no action will be taken on the report of the SIT.

The Apex Court passed the order on an appeal challenging the High Court order dated February 3, 2022, directing the SIT to submit the report before the judicial magistrate.

Senior Advocate Ranjit Kumar, appearing for the former minister Ramesh Jarkiholi, contended that the SIT report has already been filed and the matter has been assigned to a special MP/MLA court.

The Bench then said, Let the high court decide the matter. Meanwhile, no action should be taken based on the SIT report.

Senior Advocate Vikas Singh appeared for the victim.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the SIT, submitted that the SIT report has to go before the competent court, which would examine the matter.

With PTI inputs