The Supreme Court on Monday stayed the proceedings before a Gujarat court in a criminal defamation case filed against Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav for allegedly saying that only 'Gujaratis can be cheats'..A bench of Justices Abhay S Oka and Pankaj Mithal sought the response of the complainant in a transfer plea moved by Yadav seeking transfer of the trial from Gujarat to a 'neutral place'..The criminal defamation complaint was filed against the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader before a magistrate court in Ahmedabad, Gujarat after he allegedly said that “only Gujaratis can be cheats” in today's situation..The complaint was filed by Haresh Mehta, the vice president of an organisation called the All India Anti-Corruption and Crime Preventive Council. While urging the magistrate to summon Yadav, Mehta stated that Yadav's remark had caused “mental and physical harm” to Gujaratis. .According to a report in The Indian Express, Yadav made the controversial remark on March 22 when he allegedly said,“Jo do thag hai naa, jo thag hai, thagi ko jo anumati hai, aaj ke desh ke halat mein dekha jayein toh sirf Gujarati hi thag ho sakte hai aur uske thag ko maaf kiya jaayega. LIC ka paisa, bank ka paisa de do, fir vo log leke bhaag jaayenge, toh kaun jimmedar hoga? (The two cheats that are there, the leeway given to cheats, if today’s situation in the country is seen then, only Gujaratis can be cheats/ thugs/ fraudsters and their cheating will be forgiven. They will be given LIC’s money, banks’ money and they will run away with it. Then who will be held responsible?).”.Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal appeared for Yadav along with advocates Varun Jain, Navin Kumar, Akhilesh Singh and Radhika Goyal.