Karnataka government to appeal against Jayalalithaa acquittal in disproportionate assets case

The decision to challenge the May 11 verdict by Justice C R Kumaraswamy of the Karnataka High Court was taken at a cabinet meeting.

Bengaluru | Updated: June 2, 2015 9:24 am
Jayalalithaa, Karnataka government, Jayalalithaa Karnataka The decision to challenge the May 11 verdict by Justice C R Kumaraswamy of the Karnataka High Court was taken at a cabinet meeting.

A cabinet meeting of the Congress government in Karnataka Monday cleared a decision to file an appeal before the Supreme Court against the acquittal of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in a disproportionate assets case.

Jayalalithaa, who was handed a four-year prison term by a trial court in September 2014, was acquitted by the Karnataka High Court on May 11.

Following the acquittal, Special Public Prosecutor in the case B V Acharya recommended filing an appeal in the Supreme Court. The decision was also vetted by state advocate general Ravi Varma Kumar.

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On Monday, the state cabinet took a formal decision to file the appeal.

Speaking to reporters after the cabinet meeting, the state’s Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra said the cabinet had decided to retain Acharya as Special Prosecutor, while appointing Sandesh Chouta to assist him in the Supreme Court.

Dismissing suggestions that the Congress high command had delayed giving the go-ahead for the appeal, the minister said the Karnataka government had nothing personal against Jayalalithaa.

“It has nothing to do with bilateral relationship of the two states. In two cases, the Supreme Court has noted that the case was the responsibility of Karnataka. On one occasion, the court noted that once the case was transferred to Karnataka, it would step into the shoes of Tamil Nadu. The state of Karnataka has obligations and authority to appoint its own prosecutor. In another case, a three-member bench of the Supreme Court noted that Karnataka was the sole prosecution agency in the case. So, it is the duty of the state to file an appeal,’’ Jayachandra said.

Asked why the government took so long to take the decision, the minister said that “certain clarifications had to be placed before the cabinet”.

“The government also has 90 days time to go for an appeal,” he said. “Karnataka is not the petitioner in the case, the petitioner is Dr Subramanian Swamy and the case has been transferred to Karnataka.”

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  1. A
    Jun 1, 2015 at 4:59 pm
    A curious but political case is this. Now, disproportionate income - is the charge- against someone who was yesteryear actress of about 140 films; someone whose mother was also in film-dom acting in films. Against one who has had properties well before entering politics. And main charge is, "conspiracy to am wealth along with 3 others- who are not relations; who lived with her since days, earlier to her becoming CM; against a person who started acting as a 16 year-old and filed IT Returns as a 16 -year old too! India is famous for people who not file returns , or, forget for 27 years! Now, as per HC's Judgment in May, three point s stand out .1. No conspiracy proved by prosecution. 2. Jaya has all along is IT payer( since her 16 th year of age) 3. K'Taka HC Justcie remarked that just because 3 people who are also IT payees, and since no conspiracy angle could be proved , prosec. pooled ets of all four! She has shown in IT returns ets of Rs.37,76,65,654.00 and other three took hefty loans to purchase properties! Now, add all that over-valuation of properties, executed by her political opponent - the clear vendetta will be crystal clear to all. Once SC clears her, where will her opponents go ? Whatever miscalculations are claimed, belong to loans of other 3 persons wantonly included to bloat figures. Think- DMK too is in docks and there is genuine benami transactions involved ( DMK's chief's wife comes to possess crores in TV Co- how /by , remaining just a housewife?)
    1. T
      True indian
      Jun 2, 2015 at 2:09 pm
      One more opportunity to one more person to amaze wealth and settle abroad and teach lesson for all the opportunity mongers. she has wealth to buy anyone in the world
      1. D
        Jun 1, 2015 at 4:31 pm
        Sun rises in East does not need court ruling. JJ has earned a huge fortune. See her life stype and infer. There are, of course, several politicians who have earned D.Sc degree in corruption. Even if all the Indian approach any court in India, these people will come out free. After all they are politicians- no one including the super power can put them in jail. Corrupt will be punished in the highest court of GOD. Professor Ashok Deshpande PhD
        1. Suresh Chandrasekara
          Jun 1, 2015 at 6:14 pm
          AAraam, you cannot talk to fools.. they are not ready to listen anything or see facts..
          1. D
            Damaru Prasad
            Jun 1, 2015 at 3:33 pm
            The case should have been referred to Kangaroo court. She would pay up in 10 minutes after looking at the whiplashes.
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