HC declines plea to stay CID probe

HC declines plea to stay CID probe

The High Court of Karnataka on Tuesday declined to stay the investigation proceedings by Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on the  alleged doping case of horse Queen Latifa at the Bangalore Turf Club (BTC).

Justice K N Phaneendra was hearing a petition filed by BTC which sought quashing of the FIR lodged against the petitioners at the High Grounds police station. The petitioners have also sought for directions to stay the investigation proceedings following the FIR.

The judge also issued notices to H Chandregowda, a member of the managing committee of the Karnataka Race Horse Owners' Association and the police department in this regard.

Chandregowda had filed a police complaint on the basis of the report from the National Doping Test Laboratory, New Delhi, on the dope test on a sample from the three-year-old race horse.

According to the petitioners, the complainant had filed the complaint due to his vested interests and business rivalry with other horse owners. The petitioners stated the horse was administered procaine which is a class III drug. The petition stated that procaine is a permitted drug and is used as an antibiotic for bacterial infections in animals.

Justice Phaneendra orally observed that he cannot interfere with the ongoing investigation process. He also directed the police department to submit a detailed report after the completion of the investigation process.

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