Govt of Karnataka decides to challenge Jayalalithaa and others’ acquittal: Disproportionate Assets Case

Bengaluru: A special leave petition before the honourable Supreme Court of India, will be filed by the Government of Karnataka in challenge to the acquittal of the Chief Minister of the State of Tamil Nadu and 3 other accused persons in the case of assets disproportionate.

The decision was taken by the Government of Karnataka’s cabinet meeting on this Monday. It was recommended by B. V. Acharya, the Special Public Prosecutor- SPP and Advocate- General, Karnataka, Mr. A. G. Ravivarma Kumar to the Karnataka Government that the present case is a fit case for preferring an appeal against the decision of acquittal of the High Court of the State, as the State of Karnataka is the sole prosecuting agency thereof as after the same was transferred for fair trial by the Top Court.

The leader of AIADMK, Jayalalithaa along with three other accused persons, was acquitted by the State’s High Court from the charges of Corruption in the case of disproportionate assets of 66.65 crores of rupees. The case was 19 years’ old one and the decision was made by the High Court of the State in the last month, i.e. 3 weeks before. While making the decision of acquittal of Jayalalithaa and others, the concerned High Court’s Justice, C. R. Kumaraswamy set aside the decision of the Bengaluru based- Special Court’s Judge Michael D. Cunha, dated 27th September, 2014, where they were sentenced to four- year’s jail. Along with Jayalalithaa, One Sasikala Natarajan, her niece Ilavarasi, her nephew and the foster son of Chief Minister who was disowned, namely, Sudhakaran were also acquitted.

The Law Minister, T. B. Jayachandra disclosed the said decision of the Karnataka Government as to filing of the Special Leave Petition before the Apex Court of India and while stating this fact to media, Jayachandra stated that the Chief Minister has directed him to file an appeal in the Top Court immediately.

The Law Minister further said that the B. V. Acharya, would continue as Special Public Prosecutor- SPP in the Apex Court, which had appointed as such before High Court in the eleventh hour after it struck down appointment of Bhawani Singh as ‘bad in law’.

by Faim Khalilkhan Pathan.