"The proceedings before the trial court are stayed," a bench of Justice Sunil Gaur said, adding that "it seems" none of the complainants, on whose complaints trial court had summoned Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Thackeray, are serious about pursuing the matter. It also observed that none appeared in the case listed before this court.

Earlier, the court on February 12 had issued notice to the respondents-- eight persons who have filed separate complaints against Thackeray, and had sought their reply on the plea of the MNS chief.

Thackeray has moved the High Court seeking stay on the proceedings before a trial court and quashing of the criminal complaints against him for allegedly making inflammatory remarks. Senior advocate Arvind Nigam, appearing for Thackeray, contended before the court that in absence of the sanction the proceedings before the trial court is unwarranted.

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