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Supreme Court begins hearing on Disproportionate Assets case: Karnataka Government terms Jayalalithaa’s acquittal was ‘gross miscarriage of Justice’

New Delhi: The Government of the State of Karnataka stated before the honourable Apex Court of the country on yesterday (23rd February, 2016) that the case of disproportionate assets against the Chief Minister of the Tamil Nadu state- Jayalalithaa cannot be viewed as a ‘mere default in payment of Income Tax’. However, it is seeking the said case to be treated as corruption in public life.

The contentions were sought in the case of appeal which filed by the Karnataka Government against the decision of the High Court of Karnataka, where the said HC has acquitted the Chief Minister- Jayalalithaa from the charges of ‘disproportionate assets’. It was argued for the Karnataka government, by its representing advocate that the order of the High Court of Karnataka acquitting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister contains glaring mistakes.

The argument in the case were started after seven months of filing of an appeal in the Apex Court. And in the case, along with Chief Minister- Jayalalithaa, three other co- accused namely, V. N. Sudhakaran, N. Sasikala Natarajan and J. Elavarasi were booked in the wealth case. The arguments in the case were preferred before the concerned bench of the Apex Court, which is comprising of Justice P. C. Ghose and Justice Amitava Roy.

In the submission, for the State Government, the representing advocate- Dushyant Dave submitted that CM- Jayalalithaa created a veneer of “conscientiousness” by drawing Rs. 1 Salary. However, as per advocate’s submission, Ms. Jayalalithaa on the other hand, was carrying tons of money in the suitcases to banks by her cadre. Moreover, terming the acquittal of CM- Jayalalithaa as “gross miscarriage of justice”, the senior advocate- Dave further stated that, “it had become the fashion for the political leaders to term crores of money they get as birthday gifts”. Further, he also submitted that the Trial Court’s judgement was the brilliant analysis in this case.

In the case it was earlier, in the year 2015, seen that the honourable Apex Court had refused to stay the judgement of acquittal of the Karnataka High court. However, in connection with this petition, the court had issued notices to four accused.